4:57 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

With feral hogs the goal is control

A trapped feral hog huffs and puffs inside a corral near Piedmont, Mo. Conservation agents had been baiting this site for one week to lure the pig into the trap.
Credit Jacob McCleland / Harvest Public Media


Feral hogs are a big, expensive problem. The prolific procreators are responsible for $1.5 billion in damages and prevention each year —$800 million in damages to agriculture alone from destroying land and rooting up crops,according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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5:18 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Farmers battle thistle invading crops, pasture

Thistles have been popping up mainly in pasture land used for cattle grazing, but they also appear in fields with crops.
Jennifer Davidson KSMU

Last fall, after the drought had killed off most of the competition, a certain weed took advantage of the opportunity to germinate and flourish. And now, the thistle is hurting productivity on many Missouri farms.

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