Landowner signups sought for feral hog damage survey

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 County Extension Office would like to have more information regarding the true damage of feral hogs to agricultural production in Milam County.

Through this survey, we hope to garner more accurate economic damages incurred by row crop producers, livestock producers, and forage producers alike. We will be sending 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). Also, 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.

The plan is for this to become an annual survey.

While voluntar y, the more detailed the information, as well as the more producers that participate, the more we can validate the information from this study and accurately express the impact that these animals have on our productivity and profitability.

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