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Old 10-28-2009, 05:54 PM
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We planted some Trophy Radishes in a couple of food plots in South Georgia. They look great--lots of forage and some of the radishes are 2 " in diameter and a foot long.
The deer have not touched them as far as I can tell. Does frost have to sweeten them before deer get after them?
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Old 10-28-2009, 08:09 PM
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They are wearing them out in north Georgia. My cousin in Berrien County says they are destroying them down there.
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Old 10-28-2009, 08:15 PM
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YES!
They are absolutely mowing them down in one of our plots in Butts Co.
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Old 10-28-2009, 08:41 PM
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I have them in Butts Co. and they won't touch them! About a 1/2 acre
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Old 10-28-2009, 08:54 PM
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i think it is kinda a preference to the deer in a given area.

about five years ago, we did an "experiment" on our land with different foods in the plots. we found that if we plant iron clays in moist soil three weeks before season, we wont have any peas left to hunt over, while the austrailen winter peas will grow and sprout and repel every deer.
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Old 10-28-2009, 10:51 PM
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Are they eatin the green or the radish itself ?
The green right now, the roots haven't developed much.
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Old 10-28-2009, 11:59 PM
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Planted some TR's for the first time in my plots a month ago in Screven County. They haven't touched the greens. Might be something they have to get used to. As said above, the roots have not developed, but the greens are 6 inches or so.
I'm looking forward to eating a few radishes later this year, though.
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Old 10-29-2009, 12:11 AM
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i think it is kinda a preference to the deer in a given area.

about five years ago, we did an "experiment" on our land with different foods in the plots. we found that if we plant iron clays in moist soil three weeks before season, we wont have any peas left to hunt over, while the austrailen winter peas will grow and sprout and repel every deer.
That's the same results we've had. In two different co's in Ga. But, other folks have good results with australian winter peas,we've had none.
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Old 10-29-2009, 06:52 AM
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We as well have never had any luck with AW peas. We planted approx. 8 acres of Trophy Radish. They haven't really touched em until the last week and they are startin' to hit em. I think it's partially preference, partially the deer trying them and realizing they like them and in our area we have had a bumper crop of acorns. They acorns are startin to thin out and the natural browse as well. It's just a matter of time.
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Old 10-29-2009, 06:58 AM
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same as with any turnips or rape type product. once they get around to them they usually hammer them. they have just started nipping ours in heard county
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Old 10-29-2009, 07:55 AM
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planted them for the 1st time this year and it took a while for the deer to figure out what they were but now they are eating them to the ground! Give it some time.
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Old 10-29-2009, 08:00 AM
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The are eating the green. The good news is they are sproting more leaves so they are coming back after being eaten down to the nub
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Old 10-29-2009, 08:33 AM
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We planted 5# mixed with wheat on 2 test plots, both plots are in hard clay.

The radishes are getting mowed!
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Old 10-29-2009, 08:48 AM
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I planted 5 lbs, on a half acre of scarce rye. Planted almost two weeks ago, but we just had the first rain since on Wednesday. Hope I'm not too late. I am in south ga, so it will probably be plenty to time for them to get established before the first frost. I must say I am excited about giving them a try. Heard they plant in almost any type soil.
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Old 10-29-2009, 09:50 AM
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Anyone know where I can get some Trophy Radishes in Hancock County......
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Old 10-29-2009, 09:58 AM
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They're mowing mine down as well!
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We have 2 plots in Turner Co. that are about a month old. As of last weekend there was no clear evidence they've been eating them. However, these are 1st year food plots. I think they'll catch on sooner or later. We tried some Sweet Spot with the same result so far.
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Anyone know where I can get some Trophy Radishes in Hancock County......
Check their website. One thing we found is there are some dealers that are selling a copycat variety under the name of Trophy Radishes. They are a trademarked variety so that is against the law. So, be careful. There is a dealer in Hancock County that is doing that.
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I was told they won't start eating the greens until after the first frost...somthing about the frost bring the sugars out of the ground and up into the greens.
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Not in radishes. Though I'm sure it don't hurt.
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I was told they won't start eating the greens until after the first frost...somthing about the frost bring the sugars out of the ground and up into the greens.
The radishes do not need a frost. That's the benefit of planting them along with rape/turnips. They hammer the radishes, then a good frost and they switch to the rape and turnips which do need a frost to sweeten.
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Anyone know where I can get some Trophy Radishes in Hancock County......
Cobb and Cobb Seed Co. in Davisboro, Washington County has them. Not sure how much growth you would get out of them this late though. Probably better off planting wheat. You can contact them at (478)-348-4931. Good people and best prices I have found around that area.
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The radishes do not need a frost. That's the benefit of planting them along with rape/turnips. They hammer the radishes, then a good frost and they switch to the rape and turnips which do need a frost to sweeten.
I was wondering if that guy at southern states knew what he was talking about...
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We planted some Trophy Radishes in a couple of food plots in South Georgia. They look great--lots of forage and some of the radishes are 2 " in diameter and a foot long.
The deer have not touched them as far as I can tell. Does frost have to sweeten them before deer get after them?
Deer have started eating tops in one plot.
Hogs are pulling them up in another.
We top dressed them with ammonium nitrate a week ago.
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Old 11-04-2009, 07:43 AM
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I watched a fork horn, a doe and her two yearlins feed on em for about 30mins Sunday mornin. They were pulling the entire plant and root out of the ground and eating them.
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