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Drought makes crops more susceptible to pests

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... Read More.

Mild winter harsh on field crop pests

Many corn and soybean farmers are wondering how mild winter conditions will affect insect populations during the growing season. Iowa State University Extension entomologist Erin Hodgson says the ideal situation for field crop pests that overwinter is when temperatures remain cold up to planting. “So... Read More.