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Weekly Pest Update
Fri Jul 20, 2012 01:34 PM CDT

OMAHA (DTN) -- Spider mite activity in drought-stressed crops remained producers' biggest pest complaint this week, experts told DTN.

The pest, which thrives in drought conditions, sucks out what little moisture crops may have left, leaving them even more vulnerable to heat and dryness. Because the yellowing and wilting they produce in fields resembles drought stress symptoms, careful scouting is necessary to identify the pest's presence.

A description of how to scout for and treat spider mites can be found here: http://goo.gl/….

Other drought related insects, such ...

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