Deer Feeding Damage

scouted May 23, 2023

Background
Soybeans were scouted at the VC (cotyledon) growth stage and signs of prominent deer feeding were observed. This field borders a tree line, and there were no other soybean fields around.
Conclusion
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 some areas of this environment the deer ate below the cotyledonary node. These plants will not recover. However, in many areas of this environment the deer did not eat below the cotyledonary node. These plants will have the opportunity to recover.