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Drought makes crops more susceptible to pests

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An extension entomologist is concerned crops in areas of prolonged drought will be more vulnerable to pests.

Erin Hodgson with Iowa State University says a lack of moisture puts stress on plants.

“That makes (the plants) more susceptible to some of the feeding that happens from insects, so I think that’s what we’ve seen the last couple years is crops are suffering to a certain extent because they’re just not getting adequate moisture.

Drought makes crops more susceptible to pests