The Hessians Are Here
Emily Unglesbee DTN Staff Reporter
Mon Mar 30, 2015 10:04 AM CDT

ST. LOUIS (DTN) -- Wheat growers shouldn't be too quick to diagnose those brown patches in their wakening wheat fields as winterkill.

The Hessian fly is another possible culprit, as infestations have been reported in many winter wheat fields in Kansas since February, Kansas State entomologist Jeff Whitworth told DTN.

"I've seen and heard of more Hessian fly-damaged wheat this spring than I have for the past 10 years," Whitworth said.

Some varieties might be able to compensate with more tillering this spring, he added. However, already some fields with up to 60% wheat damage from Hessian flies have proven ...

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