A Case Study Involving Pocket Gopher Damage Abatement in Alfalfa
Extension faculty mentored a local rancher to compare methods to control pocket gophers (Thomomys bottae) on his property. We compared the effectiveness of road flare fumigation to that of strychnine bait, which is the common method of pocket gopher control. The overall % change was highly variable among plots and treatment methods. Road flare fumigation is not recommended for hay fields because it was less cost-effective than commercially available 0.5% strychnine gopher bait and similar to no control at all. The faculty-and-farmer collaboration was a successful partnership to demonstrate research strategy and answer a management question.
Frey, S., & Wilks, R. (2012). A Case Study Involving Pocket Gopher Damage Abatement in Alfalfa. The Journal of Extension, 50(5), Article 25. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol50/iss5/25