Unfortunately, wild pigs (or feral swine) are not a problem unique to Europe. As the following statistics (from a USDA report) indicate, feral pigs are already a serious problem in much of the U.S. The problem is also spreading rapidly into other U.S. states as well as in Canada.
- Wild hogs are in at least 39 states and cause up to $2.5 billion in damage annually
- More than 5 million of the feral swine roam the U.S., with Texas having the biggest share
- Wild pigs are a menace for agriculture, but also a health risk and threat to native wildlife
- The federal government spends over $30 million annually to fight the problem and is seeking additional funding support
As one wildlife control officer put it:
“If feral pigs aren’t already a problem in your area they soon will be.”
A feral sow can have three (six piglet) litters annually and current management approaches, which include: hunting, using poisoned grain (as bait) and erecting physical barriers (including electric fencing) are proving to be grossly inadequate to control the problem or its spread.
EXAMPLES OF FIELD AND CROP DAMAGE CAUSED BY WILD PIGS
Unfortunately, other wildlife – such as White-tail deer – can also wreak havoc to a farmer’s fields. In some parts of the U.S. the problem of deer eating growing crops has been so severe that farmers have, in some cases, stopped growing particular crops.
Although more recent statistical data is hard to find, in 2001, The U.S. National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) estimated that animal-related losses to field crops, vegetables, fruits, and nuts exceeded $765 million USD. White-tailed deer were responsible for 58% of field crop losses and 33% of losses to vegetables, fruits, and nuts. For certain vegetable crops – sweet potatoes, certain greens and the like – deer damage can be catastrophic. Soybeans, cotton, and corn are among the favorite field crops of White-tail deer. In field trials, in the U.S. (and Europe) penergetic b WV has proven to be a practical alternative solution in discouraging deer from entering and damaging farm fields.
DEER IN FARM FIELD – A SOURCE OF CROP DAMAGE
Besides offering protection from wildlife damage to standing / growing crops, penergetic b WV can also act as a deterrent in keeping feral pigs and deer away from stored grain, silage and hay supplies. Grain bags seem to be increasingly prone to damage by deer which can lead to spoilage, loss of grain and lost revenue. Likewise, wild boar have been known to burrow into silage in open silage bunks causing damage and soiling of livestock feedstocks. Hay storage – in fields or in open sheds – can also prove to be attractive to roaming wildlife leading to unwelcome damage.
Here again, penergetic b WV can be utilized as a means of deterring unwanted wildlife intruders from consuming, spoiling and/or damaging these important stored farm resources.
Full field rate: 240 grams/acre over the entire field area
Perimeter rate: 400 grams/acre over the outer perimeter of the field, at a minimum width of 40 metres (120 feet)
Note: consult your Penergetic distributor for any site specific variations to these recommended application rates.
** In areas of high wildlife pressure a second application is recommended – applied at a crop height of 20” to 28”. Penergetic b WV has been shown to remain effective even after exposure to field precipitation.
Application Rate adjacent to Grain / Silage Storage Areas: 240 grams/acre around the perimeter at a width of 60 metres (180 feet).
** Depending on various factors (e.g. weather, duration of storage and level of wildlife pressure) additional applications may be warranted.
Elsewhere in Europe, positive results have also been documented in Finland, Poland*, Switzerland and elsewhere.
* = For instance in Poland, although Penergetic b WV was initially principally intended as a deterrent against wild boar, it has since proved to be effective in preventing deer from entering & causing damage to a farm fields.
Write-ups on some of the trial results in Europe are provided below and/or at the end of this section titled: Information Downloads. A result with product use on soybeans is provided below. The use of Penergetic b WV is relatively more recent in North America (started just in mid-2020). As more results are documented they will be added to the website – so check back, again, later.
VIDEO – SWITZERLAND
OTHER TRIAL RESULTS
Other trial results are available (below) in the section called Information Download.
Other trial results will be added to this site as this information is available.
Each year wildlife, such as feral pigs and White-tail deer, cause extensive damage to agricultural fields, crops and stored grain and feed. Penergetic b WV offers a unique, alternative means of helping to prevent or at least minimize this damage. There is no 100% protection – not with chemicals, electric fences or penergetic. What we can offer is a product that is non-toxic, odor free, and non-harmful and should work even if there is precipitation.
Penergetic b WV is a realistic approach to deterring wildlife for both conventional and organic agriculture.
For more information on penergetic b WV the following downloads are available:
Penergetic b WV Information Flyer
Penergetic b WV Pictographic Flyer
Penergetic b WV Application Options – diagram
Penergetic b WV – Grain Bag Perimeter Coverage
Penergetic b WV – Wild Boar Results – Germany
Penergetic b WV Wild Boar Problems – Poland
Penergetic b WV Deer Problem – Poland
Penergetic b WV Deer and Soybeans – Bennettsville, SC
Penergetic b WV Wild Boar and Railway RoW – Poland
Penergetic b WV and Grizzly Bear – Alberta
Penergetic b WV OMRI Certificate