Purple Top Turnip
Winters can be hard on the deer population, due to stress generated when not enough food sources are available. Purple Top Turnip provides deer with an option for those hard winter months.
Growing best in cool weather, these turnips provide protein that is critical to deer health and survival. 20-25% crude protein can be in the above-ground portion alone!
½ acre: 2-5 lbs
1 acre: 5-10 lbs
Mid Summer – Early Fall
55 day maturity rate
¼ of an inch deep
Recommended pH Level
6.4 or higher
1. Check your soil’s pH level with a soil testing kit.
(Kits can be bought at Lowe’s for around $10 or at your local Cooperative Extension office. Visit http://agsci.psu.edu/aasl/soil-testing/soil-fertility-testing for more information).
2. Get rid of weeds. Mowing or weed-whacking the area first may be helpful. Afterwards, kill the weeds by spraying them with an herbicide. Allow about a week for the herbicide to do its job.
(Herbicides are products typically containing glyphosate, a compound used to kill a wide range of weeds including grasses, sedges, broad-leaved and woody plants. Some good examples of herbicides include Butyrac 200, Arrow 2EC, Roundup, Rodeo, Arrest, and Pondmaster.)
3. Once you have received the soil testing results back, apply lime as necessary. You may also choose to do some other enhancements such as fixing the nitrogen, potash, and phosphorus levels as well.
4. Rake off the dead weeds and brush. Till the soil a little bit with the rake. Be sure to note the planting depth…planting the seeds any lower may harm the germination rate.
5. Apply fertilizers, if planned.
6. Broadcast seeds.
You can do this with a hand spreader (approximately $15 at Walmart), tow spreader, truck spreader, etc.
7. Increase your seed-to-soil contact by recovering the seeds with soil.
Suggestions: Walk on it or drive an ATV over it.
8. Leave your new plot alone as much as possible. This will eliminate the possibility of human scent ruining the site.
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