Crows can be a help to farmers

Crows have been equally revered and reviled by humans throughout history.

There’s a reason crows have long been known as creatures of wisdom and were given respect by a number of ancient cultures. 

However, there’s an equal reason one of agriculture’s most famous mannequins is named the “scarecrow.” 

To be fair, scarecrows were put up in fields to frighten away an assortment of animal crop pests – not just crows – but the fact that crows were the animals whose name became attached to this famed farm-field protector shows this bird was high on the nuisance scale.

Missouri’s crow season, which started Nov. 1 and runs through March 3, is a tool that can be used to control the problems crows can cause for farmers. 

Crow January, 2001

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