Dept. Forestry and Natural Resources
White-tailed Deer - Soybeans (back to white-tailed deer home)
Most damage to soybeans by white-tailed deer occurs as light to moderate browsing spread out over large portions of the field. Deer tend to move through a field as they feed and do not typically stand in a single spot for long periods of time. Except during the very early stages of soybean plant development, deer feed only on part of the plant and move on. The result of this random browsing generally results in only light to moderate yield loss. However, in rare cases where local deer densities are unusually high, repeated feeding by deer in a specific field, translating to repeated damage to individual plants, can result in severe damage to individual plants with those plants producing minimal yield. Learn more about deer damage to soybeans.
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