ST. LOUIS (DTN) -- Wet weather has allowed crop diseases to thrive so far this summer and overshadow the work of their pest co-conspirators, insects.
However, a few hardy bug species have risen to the challenge and are causing problems for growers, entomologists told DTN. Japanese beetles are chomping away in some Missouri cornfields. Soybean aphids are embracing the drier climate of the northern Midwest and western corn rootworm beetles have been emerging, despite the soggy soils of many cornfields.
JAPANESE BEETLES SHINE IN MISSOURI
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