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Beetle Alert
Thu Jun 27, 2013 11:02 AM CDT

OMAHA (DTN) -- Keep an eye out for the strange, metallic glow of Japanese beetles in your soybean and corn fields in the next few weeks. A cool spring slowed their development, but reports of the leaf- and silk-munching pests are starting to stream in from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Missouri fields.

The beetles typically do their most damage during critical pollination periods -- the flowering stage of a soybean and the silking period in corn. However, this year's late-planted crops and subsequent pollination delays don't diminish the threat, Iowa State Entomologist Erin Hodgson ...

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