Deer Feeding Damage

scouted June 20, 2024

Soybeans were scouted at the V4 growth stage and signs of prominent deer feeding were observed. These were soybeans planted in a test plot at the N.C. Plant Sciences Initiative. This environment is not surrounded by much wooded area, as it is in the midst of NC State Centennial campus.
This injury was confirmed by an NC State Extension Specialist as damage from deer feeding. Damage from deer feeding or grazing can depend on the size and location of a field in correlation to tree lines or other preferable food sources, the time spent grazing, as well as the growth stage at the time of feeding. In this environment, deer did not eat below the cotyledonary node. These plants will have the opportunity to recover.

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