Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Who Feeds the Deer? Farmers!

This has been a snowy winter and the deer are already beginning to herd up, a sign they are hungry. 
In this field they will find food under the snow.
A few months ago the field looked like this.
The ripening soybeans provided food for the area deer through the growing season.
When the beans ripened the combines separated the beans from the plants
and we hauled them away
 leaving behind plant trash that contains some soybeans. This adds organic matter to our soil, but also provides protein for wildlife.
Local deer feasted on it all Fall. 
 Now they have summoned their friends to share the feast.
Deer generally winter well in our area, but it looks like a long snowy road ahead for all of us. 

1 comment:

  1. Wonderful blog share, deer in my area don't share the tough weather just the lose of grazing land to development of once beautiful country here in Southern California...Annie, rancher