Sweet corn is one of the predominant crops in the Midwest, and is popular with both people and animals. Unfortunately, there are many species of migratory birds that feed on local crops including sandhill cranes, European starlings, and red-winged blackbirds.
In 2019 the USDA published a study showing that blackbirds alone can cost farmers $15-$25 million annually in direct costs due to their consumption of sweet corn crops. Fortunately, there are humane and effective solutions for preventing such losses and Wild Goose Chase has deep expertise in helping farmers manage the bird conflicts that threaten their crops.
Begin The Growing Season With Effective Strategies To Prevent Bird Conflicts
A Hungry Species For Every Phase Of Crop Growth
For every growing phase, there’s a bird species that finds your crops delicious. Sandhill cranes will eat newly planted seedlings, while red-winged blackbirds prefer fully grown cobs. Prevention is the best strategy for ensuring an undamaged crop. Birds can cause a lot of damage throughout the season both by eating and by depositing their waste among the crops. Once a bird becomes accustomed to a reliable food source, it will return to dine again and again. Making sure scare tactics are random and frequent enough is an important part of managing damage to the crops.
High Intensity Lasers To Effectively Deter Crop-Eating Birds
Using high intensity lasers and other scare tactics, farmers can ensure their fields will be protected all season long. Randomness and automation are key to the laser’s effectiveness.
Give our team a call to learn why so many farmers trust Wild Goose Chase for their bird deterrent strategies. We assess the property, identify the species doing the damage and implement the most effective strategies for effective deterrence. With deep expertise in both species management and laser bird deterrent technology Wild Goose Chase is your one-stop solution for cost-effective bird strategies throughout the growing season.
Reach out today to get started protecting your crops.