Turnip and rapeseed into standing corn

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    I am somewhat new to food plots and I am looking for a little advice. I just gained permission from the farmer to plant some turnips and rapeseed into his standing corn. My questions are will they grow? When should I plant them and what rate should I seed them at? I am looking to do around an acre or so, possibly more. Thanks in advance.
     
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  3. Sligh1

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    Hit or miss depending on canopy of corn (sun) & not quite as bad but dependent on residual herbicide. I walk through all my spots deer & coons wreck and lightly scatter bout 2-3 lbs radish & 1.5 lbs turnips. Find clean spots with sunlight & just scatter lightly and u will likely b fine. I doubt herbicides will be a big problem. If canopy is issue - if gets really late u can do winter rye. Later the calendar gets on brassicas - stager higher rates of radish as they mature faster.
     
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    Pretty tough for corn, especially this year.
     
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    I wouldn't spread winter rye unless u check with the farmer first. He may not want to deal with it in the spring.
     
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    The only issue I could see is if the farmer was no tilling next year, if they will be discing the field next spring cereal rye will only help the soil. I would lean towards cereal rye over brassicas when spreading into corn only because it can grow more once the corn is picked whereas brassicas would be too late.

    I plan on broadcasting cereal rye into corn on our bottom ground, I've seen a lot of deer all winter feeding on rye.
     
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    I wish I could plant rye but he is a no-till farmer so I don't want to bother asking him. Brassicas are basically my only option. Unless you guys have other ideas for an annual that I could try.
     
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    Get some oats (can get feed oats from Theisens or a place like that). Scatter them the first week or two of September. They will stay green till at least the first hard frost. Easy to grow and cheap.
     
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    Bummer part is: rye is tremendous to no till beans into. So- if the farmer thinks through this- u would be doing him a favor. Rye kills very easy with herbicides and is great for weed suppression with no till beans going into them.
     
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    Careful with no till on rye, if you don't get rain the roots will suck the moisture out of ground like a sponge. Saw that first hand on 40 acres this year. I would recommend a light discing before you plant.
     

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