Deer fence

Bill Shoemaker wshoemak at
Mon Apr 22 15:32:21 EDT 2002

There are several types of wood that are resistant to rot. In the old days,
farmers around here used black locust and osage orange. Some of those osage
orange fence posts have been in the ground for at least 40 years. I'd
communicate with some of the old timers around your area to see what was
locally available and proved itself.

Bill Shoemaker
Sr Research Specialist, Food Crops
Univ of Illinois - St Charles Hort Research Center

-----Original Message-----
From: sora <sora at>
To: Market Farming <market-farming at>
Date: Monday, April 22, 2002 1:57 PM
Subject: [market-farming] Deer fence

>I've fought the deer for years with every repellent known to man.  This
>year I give up, I have too many subscribers to my CSA to let the deer
>eat 60-90% of the crop.  I have an old farmer friend who knows a fencing
>method that I think people call a buck rail fence.  No posts are buried
>in the ground, there are cross-member posts with rails at a slant.  He
>says the deer can't high jump and long jump at the same time.
>My question is----he says I'll need to treat the posts with
>preservative.  I'm certified organic, what can I use that won't threaten
>my certification (or our lives)?
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