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5 year old buck +
Aug 10, 2010 (Courtesy Dbltree)

I thought about trying to get some brassicas started in the milo/soybean planting but the canopy is just to dense right now.


I'll just wait till the leaves start to turn and then overseed winter rye and Groundhog forage radish into the standing beans and milo. Canopy will still be dense at first but once leaves drop and the milo leaves wilt I think I can still get some green growth to go along with the grain in this plot.... :emoji_sunglasses:


5 year old buck +
August 29, 2010 (Courtesy Dbltree)

The milo heads are filling out!


The field is kind of pretty now



Even the flooded areas recovered and is producing seed heads


The electric fence allowed the beans to recover and produce pods


The soys were grazed off to the ground before I got the fence up and they are never the same after that...still, they aren't half bad!


The milo is so thick and dense that it limited the soybeans to some extent also but still the combination is producing a tremendous amount of feed that has the potential to hold deer well into the new year!


This bean plant was just outside the fence and gives on an idea what they would look like without fencing!


I'm really excited about next year and an already picking up more posts and poly-wire to expand the field! RR corn and soybeans will make an easy to care for field that I can use Dual II Magnum for season long weed control and glyphosate to clean up any missed spots...:cool:


5 year old buck +
Sep 7, 2010 (Courtesy Dbltree)

Since I put the electric fence up after I planted there are a few places that the soybeans are on the wrong side of the fence and I am surprised there is anything at all left of them!


Inside the fence it's a different story...


and the whole place is just a thick mass of soybeans and milo


I normally shoot for around the 1st of May when planting my soybeans (this past spring we had a hard frost May 9th) but the record breaking rainfall kept me out of the field until nearly June. No big deal for the early maturing milo and soybeans but it does mean they are still very green and growing September 1st....right when I want to overseed winter rye and forage radish.

There are a few places where deer killed the soys by grazing them to the ground before the fence got put up so I went ahead and broadcasted rye and GroundHog forage radish Friday, September 3rd focusing on the spots in the field that had a little "daylight" reaching the ground.


On the plus side....soil and seed will not be exposed to hot baking mid day sun and surface moisture will be more abundant. Given enough rain to germinate seed, they will have a better chance of surviving until roots can reach deeper into the soil.

On the minus side they may suffer from lack of sunlight if they root and begin to grow before leaves begin to yellow and drop. Our average first frost here in SE Iowa is October 5th...a month away so we'll see how this plays out but clearly there is a distinct advantage to planting at least a portion of ones bean plots to early maturing beans to allow for overseeding rye and radish as leaves drop.

The soys are filling up with pods behind the fence!



The milo itself needs no protection but this pic shows how easy it will be to add a third wire at the top of 6 or 6 1/2' T posts to help thwart "jumpers"


Most of the WGF milo is 40 to 60" tall and the occasional forage sorhgum sticking up gives one a better idea of height


Right now the soys are still vulnerable to my "midnight marauders" so I'm planning on waiting til the soys start to yellow before dropping the fence down... :emoji_wink:


5 year old buck +
Sep 21, 2010 (Courtesy Dbltree)

I broadcasted winter rye and forage radish into my standing beans and milo nearly two weeks ago now, the beans were still green and the canopy pretty heavy but I went ahead and gave it a shot. I checked them September 15th and both rye and radish seeds had germinated although if you look closely you can see a few seeds on the soil ungerminated yet.


I was relieved to see that the beans had indeed turned and were drying down although the over all canopy is still heavy



The pods are drying but looking into the background you can see the ground is still quite shaded



By design almost nothing in this plot is palatable at this point, the milo is bitter and the beans not yet ripe and deer busy feeding yards away on lush rye and pea plots.


At this point I can safely take the fence down or at least the ends and allow deer time to figure out it safe to enter yet not worry about the plot being decimated to early.


Given another 2 weeks the rye and radish will out on some decent growth and attract whitetails as gradually the beans become palatable and later the milo and the whole combination will provide a plethora of food sources literally all winter long.


For those of you who enjoy enhancing habitat for both deer and upland birds, the milo/soybean combo is outstanding! For deer alone, corn and beans are probably a better option but we'll see how deer utilize the milo as we get into cold weather... :emoji_sunglasses: