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Pest Alert
Emily Unglesbee DTN Staff Reporter
Fri Jun 27, 2014 11:56 AM CDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (DTN) -- If your corn and soybean fields look especially shiny in the coming weeks, it's probably a sign to scout for Japanese beetles in their iridescent shells.

Farmers and entomologists are reporting the first sightings of adult Japanese beetles in fields in Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Wisconsin.

"Since the drought, our numbers have been building," University of Missouri Extension Entomologist Wayne Bailey told DTN. "It's taken them about three years, but I think this will be a banner year for them."

Most immediately, the beetles pose a threat to young soybean fields, but pollinating corn is ...

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