Iowa farmer says Japanese beetle management in full swing

An east-central Iowa farmer says Japanese beetles have been feeding on his corn and soybean crops.

Dallas Tomlinson farms south of Waterloo near Traer. “I don’t know how much of an impact they can have, but when you walk around you sure hate to see that many holes (in the crop) and that much defoliation.”

He tells Brownfield insecticides have been effective. “We try to use ones that last long and have a little bit of systemic activity to them. Most times if you use those types of products, they come with a decent guarantee that if you get reinfested you can come back and get a few more dollars to use towards treating again.”

According to Iowa State University, Japanese beetles can be destructive to row crops and have a similar appearance to Junebugs.

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