How To Grow Small Soybean Food Plots

JEREMY FLINN

08/31/2015

Soybean food plots are the deer managers and hunters best friend no doubt about it. However, the one thing that limits soybeans is the size of the food plot. Make and Install your very own DIY dual perimeter electric fence to successfully grow a small soybean food plot.

Filmed By: Jessica Johnson and Weston Schrank, Edited By: Weston Schrank

Soybean food plots are the deer managers and hunters best friend no doubt about it. They can be not only summer nutrition, but an early season bow hunting attractant, and a late season food source.  The one thing that limits soybeans is the size of the food plot. A general rule of thumb without knowing deer density is that 3-5 acres is the minimum size you need. Any less and you will have stubble growing. The deer simply mow it down before it can catch up with browse.  This leaves you with two options, you either plant something else, or protect your food plot till hunting season.

A dual perimeter electric fence is by far the cheapest, easiest, and most effective way to keep deer out of the soybean food plot. It gives you the chance to not only protect your beans to early season or late season whatever you prefer, but also channel the deer into one side of the plot. However, they can put a dent in your wallet, most kits available online are anywhere from 450- 1000 dollars depending on your size and preferences. If you’re like me and like to find the best solution, you can easily gather the materials from local hardware and farm supply stores and end up with the same product for less.

Using a dual perimeter electric fence should keep deer out for however long it is up and holding a charge, you can either take it down for summer nutrition once the beans take off, wait for archery season just before the acorns drop, or wait till the late season to have a good stand of beans to hunt in the snow over. You can also decide to take down a section of the fence, allowing you to funnel deer closer into the soybean food plot closer to your stand. If you’re desperately wanting beans, and know it could mean success for you this fall, setup a dual perimeter electric fence. It will last years, and could mean success time and time again.

10 Mile Solar Energizer

 180.00

½ inch poly tape 1312’

 50.00

2 poly wire 1312’

60.00

Ground Rod

15.00

Ground rod clamp

2.50

Energizer-to-tape clamp

2.00

100ft of 17g Galvanized wire

3.00

 50 step in posts (white)

75.00

6ft t-post

3.50

Sub Total

391.00

Total

418.37 after tax – (covers ¾ acre)

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