Hog and Deer Repellents in Organic Crops

Almost all Texas crop farmers know how devastating both deer and hog damage can be to crops at all stages. There is nothing more frustrating than to see a newly emerging crop one day and a freshly “hog plowed” field the next!

Recently, we had both deer and hogs coming into the Stephenville Research and Extension Center plots and large planted pivots. They didnt seem to have any problem finding the newly planted areas and since the center is flanked by the city, highways and railroad they seem to have found easy access!

The problem was so severe that Dr. Johnny Cason, crop researcher, tried a new product from BH Genetics called Penergetic. It is OMRI Certified for organic growers. It is applied as a slurry through a regular crop sprayer. This is not a research trial by any means, just plain old farming where you have a problem and you need a fast solution. This product worked in this situation and a similar situation at the Yoakum Center with researcher, James Grichar. This might mean we need to do some more testing of this and other crop repellent products newly on the market. It sure beats going to the barber shop for bags of sweaty hair….

Author: Bob Whitney, Regents Fellow & Extension Organic Specialist

Agriculturalist, extension educator and researcher, organic agriculture enthusiast and promoter, international program developer, Christian, husband, father and friend.

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