Deer Feeding Damage

scouted July 9, 2024

Soybeans were scouted at the R1 growth stage and signs of prominent deer feeding were observed. This field is close to a tree line on one side. These were soybeans planted in research plots and the damage observed was concentrated to a single area of the field. These soybeans were planted in late April and were affected by deer pressure in vegetative growth stages earlier in the season.
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.

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