I have had 2 acres of pods totally wiped clean in 2 weeks right before gun season in WI. Granted they didn't produce pods like they should because of browsing, but there was a good amount. My brassicas last much longer into the winter even thou they also get hit hard. The deer seem to keep comming back for ptt throughout the winter. I have since disced in or over seeded my beans with wr/ww. It just isn't worth leaving the pods for how fast they get whipped out. The turkey don't help the matter either.This might be a question that’s hard to answer and might have to figure it out myself. But if I fenced off 2 acres until rifle season , would 2 acres of beans provide more food longer into the winter than a 2 acre section of brassicas ?
You'll need a fence for sure. In the ag area I'm in corn and bean fields are generally 80/160 or larger., and they're continuous, property after property for the most part. Spreads out the love.There is not much for ag surrounding this area where I am . The deer destroy the brassicas here, especially the PTT. Still up in the air about what I should do. No AG and nobody doing plots around me. There is one big cornfield ( 6/7 acres) about a half mile away.
You must not have a heavy deer density, a half acre of beans would never live to produce pods in my neck of the wooods.I must add that I planted a full bag of beans on this half acre and didn’t do it until the farmers beans were up.
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We have what I consider to be acceptable deer numbers. The plot is between the woods and the ag crops. The deer bed near it in the winter but other than that it is nearly left alone. I do not plant plots for harvest reasons (other than late muzzleloader season). I plant them to feed deer through the winter and it works out well for us. (This year has been unusually mild for us. Temps in the upper 20's most days and only about 2" of snow cover as of now.)You must not have a heavy deer density, a half acre of beans would never live to produce pods in my neck of the wooods.