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Why Rutabaga may be Better than Growing Turnips for Deer

Turnip Deer Food Plot

So many people complain about deer not eating their turnips or that they were woody. The reason for this is that turnips reach maturity in 60 days of growing in your food plot. If people plant them in a mix before the beginning of August, this can be the case. A solution to this is the planting of Rutabaga. Rutabagas reach maturity in 90-100 days. They look very similar to the purple top turnips, except for the rutabaga tends to be 40-50% larger of bulb. The Rutabaga produces a higher amount of above leaves as well, compared to the turnips.

Rutabagas are sweeter and with the higher sugar content, they are a more desirable growing option for earlier season planting. They also can be planted in August or early September as well, and will produce similar bulb as the turnip, with the shorter season. Rutabaga is a relatively unknown option for your deer food plot needs.

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