NEWS
Chasing Rootworms
Emily Unglesbee DTN Staff Reporter
Fri Aug 22, 2014 11:45 AM CDT

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (DTN) -- Perched on a yellow scaffolding tower 30 feet in the air, Joe Spencer cuts a striking figure. With a butterfly net in hand and a safari hat on his head, Spencer squints into the hazy, hot August sun high above a cornfield in central Illinois.

Trucks have ground to a halt on a nearby road in the past, as baffled farmers watched the University of Illinois entomologist, his graduate student Sarah Hughson, and student workers lunge to and fro with their giant nets, swiping rootworm beetles out of the air into the late evening hours.

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