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Root of the Problem
Pam Smith DTN\Progressive Farmer Crops Technology Editor
Thu Dec 4, 2014 08:00 AM CST

DECATUR, Ill. (DTN) -- Rootworms took a bit of a breather in most of corn country this summer. However, entomologists are warning farmers not to underestimate the pest's ability to make a comeback in 2015.

Iowa State entomologist Erin Hodgson's annual review attributed the dampening of corn rootworm pressure in Iowa to a harsh winter and saturated soils in June -- environmental conditions that tend to increase corn rootworm larvae mortality. More crop rotation away from corn and cooler summer temperatures could have helped too, she said in a recent press release.

It could be that growers are doing a ...

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