Beetle Juice
Pam Smith DTN\Progressive Farmer Crops Technology Editor
Mon Jul 2, 2012 01:17 PM CDT

WAVERLY, Ill. (DTN) -- Japanese beetles are ugly critters, but they take on nasty status when they attack corn at pollination. DTN found the beetles dining heavily on corn silks and soybean leaves last week in west-central Illinois, and reports of heavy infestations have also come in from Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri.

Corn presents a different problem from other crops because it is the silks the beetles mostly crave. Since silks are the pathway to pollination, it's important to get a good handle on the extent of damage.

John Obermeyer, Purdue University entomologist, told DTN in a phone interview that ...

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