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Mild winter causes high insect rates this spring

An LG Seeds Sales Agronomist says last winter’s mild temperatures allowed insects to overwinter better.  

Alex Cox says the unusually high temperatures gave insects a head start.

“They’ve been able to have more life cycles because of the elevated temperatures and it’s been on and off dry and wet so they’ve had a pretty good environment to thrive,” he says.

He tells Brownfield his customers experienced insect issues that haven’t previously been a problem. 

“In the past week we ran into a Roly-Poly issue in soybeans where they’re actually feeding on the newly emerged plant coming up out of the ground,” he says. “We’ve also had sweeping gall midge confirmed in two counties in northeast Kansas, which is new for us.”

Cox says farmers should be scouting their fields early to prevent any damage from occurring.

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