Discussion in 'The Hunting & Fishing Forum' started by jpdusn, Sep 11, 2012.

  1. jpdusn

    jpdusn Member

    Jul 7, 2012
    N.E. Florida
    Ok folks, I live in northeast Florida and am planning on planting a winter food plot. It's about a quarter acre in size, has good moisture and sun but of course it will require lime and fertilizer. My question is what do you think I should plant? What I'm tossing around is one of the following three:
    Sugar Beets

    Any input will be well received. Thanks in advance.

    (EDIT) Maybe I should have specified that the food plot is for the deer in my hunting area.
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2012
  2. ozo

    ozo Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2011
    Nashville TN
    Sugar Beets...[of your choices]
    They can well and you can live on them.
    Radishes are good for purifying your blood,
    but how many can you eat a day...?
    I don't like/eat turnips, and if you want the greens,
    you will have them on the beets.
    Hogs will eat turnips....

  3. carver

    carver Moderator Supporting Member

    If you like greens, then go with turnips, colards, and mustard greens. Only the turnip greens will produce a root that you can eat. How about some potatoes, cabbage, or some garlic. Lettuce, collards, snow peas, cabbage and broccoli should all do well, thoughg it might be a little late for patatoes. The sugar beats are a good idea.
  4. jpdusn

    jpdusn Member

    Jul 7, 2012
    N.E. Florida
    Maybe I should have specified that the food plot will be for the deer in my hunting area. My fault.
  5. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    NW Florida
    "Maybe I should have specified that the food plot will be for the deer in my hunting area" I wondered. Those wouldn't have been what I would plant as a winter crop for MY consumption. :)

    Sugar beets? For people food? My understanding has always been that sugar beets, like sugar cane, is not so much "eaten as is" but is processed into sugar.

    Yes, folks eat beets, but beets, like come in the can down at the store, are not sugar beets. Different strain.

    Back to the question.

    I don't know if this is true, but read many years back where this kid planted sugar beets, and when he thinned 'em he threw the thinnings to the hogs. Said that the pork that year was uncommonly sweet.

    Since I presume your plan it to shoot a deer or twenty, and stick 'em in the freezer, I'd go with the sugar beets.
  6. zkovach

    zkovach Well-Known Member

    Oct 7, 2009
    Sugar beets for sure
  7. try talking to the county or state biologist,i know we have them in indiana and they will tell you what grows best in your area.make sure to tell them it is a food plot for deer and or hogs. old semperfi
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