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Is this a crazy idea
Whitetail Deer
Contributors to this thread:
kyrob 03-Sep-17
CAS_HNTR 03-Sep-17
jdrdeerslayer 04-Sep-17
Bowriter 05-Sep-17
Butcher 05-Sep-17
Fuzzy 05-Sep-17
Overland 05-Sep-17
DeerSpotter 05-Sep-17
Pat Lefemine 05-Sep-17
jdrdeerslayer 05-Sep-17
Single bevel 18-Sep-17
OkieJ 18-Sep-17
Habitat1 19-Sep-17
Michael Schwister 19-Sep-17
nutritionist 19-Sep-17
From: kyrob
I have a food plot of clover and chicory that is covered in ragweed. I have been keeping it mowed all summer but the ragweed persists. I have read that ragweed is 47% crude protein but I haven't seen any sign of the deer eating it. I was wondering if I sprayed it with sugar water if that might start them eating it? Sounds silly but if they would eat it, it would be a win win situation. What do you think? Crazy or a possibility of it working?

You'd have alot of ants I bet!

I don't worry too much about ragweed unless it is choking out the plot.

Would like to know my self.....i have a ruff time controlling it hear in new England Maybe sometime like liquid cmere deer?? I have seen where the deer nip at it hear and there but it doesn't seem to attract them. My clover would be well mowed down and ragweed not touched

From: Bowriter
A deer will eat what it needs. If they are not eating something, there is a reason. If they needed protein, and if ragweed supplied protein, they would eat it. I would quit worrying about it. It may be, that being ruminants, they cannot process it.

From: Butcher
I seen a a lot of deer here in ms eating, we have a lot of cutover areas and that's one of the first things to pop up. I've heard on a few podcast about the fertilizing it on purpose to get them to eat it has well. Think it was either one wired to hunt with grant woods who does a lot pine management and natural browse or Bronson Strickland of msu deer lab.

From: Fuzzy
they will sometimes nip ragweed, but it's not a high preference item. I wouldn't sweeten it.

From: Overland
It seems to me that this would attract countless ants, as pointed out above, as well as swarms of bees. I personally would not recommend this.

From: DeerSpotter

From: Pat Lefemine
To answer your original question - Yes. It is a crazy idea.

Uncontrolled, ragweed will eventually take over your plot and if it gets to seed forget it. Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to sacrifice a plot but it is necessary sometimes. Next year, kill off the plot with glyfo, wait a couple weeks and till the soil. Wait a month and spray what came up. Do that until your plot is clean. Then start over. I have two plots I need to do that to in 2018 because weeds and grass are starting to get a foothold there.

I think pat is spot on and that my plan next year. Spay till spray till repeat

From: Single bevel
Ragweed is one of my top forages here. I've protected different varieties of stuff within an E fence over the years. Small plots of stuff I couldn't have established without the fence. Sunflowers, beans, cowpeas. Stuff that's deer candy. I also end up with some amazing ragweed in those plots. When I remove the fence and let the deer in, the rag weed is one of the things that they hit 1st and hit hardest. It's a great weed IMO.

From: OkieJ
Ragweed is for Quail.

From: Habitat1
Just keep mowing and don't let it go to seed or use a weed wiper and kill above everything else

another option is to rotate the plot into a RR crop (if you do not have Roundup Resistant weeds in your area). I plow down my weedy clover and put in Eagle Forage RR Soybeans, spray twice and the plots clean right up.

From: nutritionist
You gave me an idea for a video i'll shoot tomorrow on this topic out on the farm. We "manage" giant rag weed. Giant ragweed i let grow in strategic areas. It is a staple during times like this when mother nature comes into play. It also can be managed as a screening.

Stay tuned.

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