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Whitetail Doe Eating Soybean Leaves

July 11, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

With all the rain we have been having here in my area, the soybeans seem to be doing well. The Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma manages a cooperative farming program and soybeans and corn are the crops this year. You can see in my photo that this Whitetail Doe seems to be enjoying the soybean leaves. You can catch a few deer early in the mornings in these fields and sometimes you are able to get close with your vehicle.

When I drove up to this soybean field, I saw a total of three Whitetail Does. Two of them moved to another location, but the one in the photo could care less that I was around and continued eating a short distance from me.

Here is a photo I posted showing some of the corn, which is a foot or more taller now: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge Cooperative Farming


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Soybean Facts

  • Soybeans are attractive to deer from first emergence into maturity.
  • In 100 grams, raw soybeans supply 446 calories and are 9% water, 30% carbohydrates, 20% total fat and 36% protein (table).
  • Soybeans are an exceptional source of essential nutrients, providing in a 100 gram serving (raw, for reference) high contents of the Daily Value (DV) especially for protein (36% DV), dietary fiber (37%), iron (121%), manganese (120%), phosphorus (101%) and several B vitamins, including folate (94%) (table). High contents also exist for vitamin K, magnesium, zinc and potassium (table).
  • For human consumption, soybeans must be cooked with "wet" heat to destroy the trypsin inhibitors (serine protease inhibitors). Raw soybeans, including the immature green form, are toxic to all monogastric animals. (Wikipedia)



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