CROPS NEWS
Japanese Beetle Battles
Pam Smith DTN\Progressive Farmer Crops Technology Editor
Mon Jul 22, 2013 03:04 PM CDT

DECATUR, Ill. (DTN) -- Japanese beetles don't splat, they ping off windshields. The serious pinging started this week in many parts of the Midwest.

Missouri, Illinois and Iowa entomologists issued alerts that Japanese beetle adults have been emerging. While numbers appear to be reduced from those observed in 2012, heavy feeding in some localized areas has prompted some spraying.

University of Missouri entomologist Wayne Bailey observed that beetles often gather and feed high (often in full sunlight) on plants which exude strong odors. Homeowners struggle with the pests. Several tree species such as linden, many flowering shrubs, roses, and mature ...

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