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Turnip
     

The small ones were plated to close

 The big ones are planted 8 to 10 inches apart.

Turnips, an excellent late-fall forage, can reach maximum production in 80 to 90 days after establishment. Turnips can range from predominately leaf to root varieties.  Turnips have excellent nutritional value with high energy content (leaves have 69% total digestible nutrients; roots have 86% total digestible nutrients), Plant turnips in late July or early August for late fall grazing.  A brassica that is very winter hardy.  Will stay green to provide some late fall and winter feeding for wildlife.

Brassicas forages are high quality, high yielding, and fast growing crops that are high in protein.  Members of the Brassica family include kale, rape, turnips.  Brassicas have been use by farmers for years now an within the past few years have been found to be very beneficial for Whitetail deer. 

Generally they produce high quality forage for deer in late summer, fall, and in the winter months.  Brassicas are annual crops which are highly palatable and easily digestible for whitetail deer.  Both the tops (stems and leaves) and roots (bulbs) deer will eat and are very nutritious.  

Brassicas require good soil drainage and a soil pH between 5.3 and 6.8. Seeds should be planted in a firm, moist, seedbed with 6-8 inch rows. Fertility requirements are similar to wheat

 

Plant 3 to 4 pounds per acre.

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