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Oregon farmers agree slugs are a problem - but what to do?

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SALEM, Ore. - Farmers in Oregon's Willamette Valley hate slugs, slimy mollusks that munch their way through crops.

But as familiar as farmers are with the mollusks, they acknowledge they're often baffled. And answers to their questions have come, shall we ......

FILE - This Nov. 19, 2009 photo shows a four-inch-long banana slug slithering into a hole on the Van Eck Oregon Forest near Burnt Woods, Ore. Farmers in Oregon's Willamette Valley hate the slugs, slimy mollusks that munch their way through crops. But as familiar as farmers are with the mollusks, they acknowledge they're often baffled. And answers to their questions have come, shall we say, sluggishly. Growers and researchers at a recent Oregon State University Show/Hide caption

FILE - This Nov. 19, 2009 photo shows a four-inch-long banana slug slithering into a hole on the Van Eck Oregon Forest near Burnt Woods, Ore. Farmers in Oregon's Willamette Valley hate the slugs, slimy mollusks that munch their way through crops. But as familiar as farmers are with the mollusks, they acknowledge they're often baffled. And answers to their questions have come, shall we say, sluggishly. Growers and researchers at a recent Oregon State University "Slug Summit" in Salem agreed that the pests are causing more problems these days. But they have no good explanation why that's so. (AP Photo/Jeff Barnard, File)

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