Soybeans were scouted at growth stages that ranged from VC (cotyledon) to V4 and signs of prominent deer feeding were observed throughout the field. These were soybeans in research plots planted in late March and late April. This field borders a tree line.
This injury was confirmed by an NC State Extension Specialist as damage from deer feeding. Damage from deer feeding or grazing can depend on size and location of a field in correlation to tree lines or other preferable food sources, the time spent grazing, as well as growth stage at the time of feeding. In this environment the deer did not eat below the cotyledonary node, so the plants will have the opportunity to recover.