On the Horizon
A report on the damage to crops caused by wildlife is expected to be released in early March.
The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Agricultural Statis-tics Division has been working to collect data for the state’s first Wildlife Damage Survey.
The survey is being sponsored by the N.C. Soybean Producers Association, the Rural Center, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Comm-ission, the N.C. Cotton Producers Association and the N.C. Small Grain Growers Association. It will provide information on the crops damaged and the species of wildlife causing the damage.
Crops account for nearly 35 percent of agricultural production in North Carolina.
NCDA&CS regularly hears reports from farmers about damage to crops. This survey will help determine the extent of the problem, said Herb Vanderberry, director of the Agricultural Statistics Division.