A Very Hungry Caterpillar
Emily Unglesbee DTN Staff Reporter
Thu Jan 9, 2014 03:42 PM CST

LAWRENCE, Kan. (DTN) -- As Brazil reckons with the arrival of a damaging new agricultural pest known as the Old World bollworm, some American scientists and government experts are casting a wary eye southward.

The Helicoverpa armigera caterpillar was discovered in Brazil's northeastern state of Bahia last year and spread rapidly to the country's Cerrado region in 2013. The pest has already cost Brazilian producers up to $900 million in damages to cotton and soybean crops.

DTN has discovered the same pest has already been intercepted thousands of times in the United States over the past few decades. Although it ...

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