This past weekend my dad and I sprayed our soybeans that were put in 3 weeks ago. If you want to put in some beans this year, it is still not too late. Two things happen when soybeans are put in late. One, yield generally goes down and two, you usually have to put in an earlier bean to make sure you have mature beans for the fall. So far, I am optimistic that our beans are off to a good start…and it looks like our electric fencing is keeping the deer out of a select number of plots we chose to save for later.
These are beans at 3 weeks from planting. Deer will hammer the green leaves and stems of the soybeans from the time it emerges until the pods are consumed in the fall and winter. My experience with planting all kinds and types of food for deer has led me to believe that soybeans are one of the best plots available and preferred over all others most of the time. At this stage of about 3-4 weeks is also a good time to spray for weeds.
This is my dad spraying one of our roundup ready bean plots with glysophate at a rate of 1 quart per acre. These beans are 3 weeks old and some weeds are starting to come in. You can see our electric fence in the background…so far it looks like deer are not entering the plots we chose to fence off but instead are feeding in other soybeans plots we left unfenced. All things being equal, if available, deer will feed the most heavily in soybean fields and alfalfa fields throughout summer.