Feral hog damage survey will measure effects

In addition to the devastating effects of the prolonged drought on crops and pastures, feral hogs continue to negatively affect our profitability and productivity. While statewide research is ongoing, and the economic impacts are staggering, the Milam Extension Office would like to have more information regarding the true damage of feral hogs to ag production here.

Through a survey, we hope to garner more accurate economic damages incurred by row crop producers, livestock producers, and forage producers alike. We will send out a survey to all who are interested in participating in the near future. In the meantime, please phone or stop by the Milam County Extension Office to sign up to participate in the survey.

Information that we will need from you will be as follows - Acres in production in cultivation (row crop and small grains), hay production (annual and perennial), and pasture (improved and native).

A lso, the locations of the damaged fields as well as any physical features such as creeks and wooded areas will be beneficial. We would also like to know an estimate of acres damaged per area, value of the crop from that particular production segment, and expenses to recover from damages such as replanting, fixing wallows and fences, or other.

Also, any expenses incurred attempting to abate damages— such as hunting, trapping, exclusion fencing—or if you have been forced to plant crops or utilize land differently than would be to your agronomic benefit, please note that as well.

This information will be for the crop year 2009, beginning in September 2008 through August 2009. The plan is for this to become an annual survey.

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