Beavers may love dicamba soybeans, just ask Troy Haney. The Mississippi Delta farmer knew beavers were hammering his crops, but he was surprised to catch one munching down on a quarter-acre of soybeans in broad daylight. At 5:15 p.m. on a June afternoon, Haney filmed a beaver calmly consuming a row of soybeans, indifferent to Haney’s presence. “He didn’t pay me any mind and was going to town on my beans. I’m on the edge of fooling with wild hogs and keep my eye out, but the last thing I expected to find was a beaver tearing into my beans in the middle of the afternoon,” Haney describes.
Primarily nocturnal, the beaver paid in full for its daylight indiscretion: Haney returned with a rifle and put an end to the crop theft on his Sunflower County farmland. “It was strange seeing a beaver in my beans at 5:15, but I’ve seen wilder things in my rows,” he says. “A few years ago I saw a naked crackhead in one of my fields and that’s about crazy.”