Turnips - The Forgotten Food Plot
Like most hunters we all are looking for something to keep the deer on our hunting ground and to bring more deer into our hunting ground. Most of the time we just don’t have the room or funding for this to even happen. We lease a lot of smaller properties here in Kansas and we know that the farmers are needing every little bit of ground they can get to make a living. So if they give up any ground at all it’s not much. As I was talking to one farmer he told me he could give up about a half acre and he also gave me a suggestion, TURNIPS. At first I was in shock and I asked him why Turnips. He gave me lots of reasons and I thought I would list them below because I was shocked when I heard it myself.
1. You don’t have to worry about treating the soil with any fertilizer.
2. You don’t have to worry about working the ground up that good either.
3. You don’t have to buy any expensive equipment to plant them.
4. You can mix them in my Clover and I’ll give you half an acre to do it in.
5. One acre of Turnips produce up to 8 tons of product.
6. The most important of all he said “I like them and want to pick some to eat."
7. Turnips won’t quit growing till it reaches 25 degrees or colder.
8. When it gets cold the starches in the leaves turn into sugar and the deer love.
After talking to the farmer he showed us the half acre he would give up for us to plant them in. All we did was pull a little harrow around with an ATV and roughed up the ground. After that we just threw the seeds out by hand and drug a pallet over the area. Yes, it was that simple and like magic we have Turnips like CRAZY. It only cost us 15 dollars to grow our food plot and the deer are hitting it already. The farmer was also right about one thing, they are really good to eat. So by making the farmer happy and letting him pick some Turnips we got a great food plot also. We have also found out in the past that later on in December when the snow hits, the deer dig way down through the snow to get the Turnips.
Below is a Picture of some Turnips we harvested for ourself and the farmer.
MMMM MMMMM GOOD!!