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June 26, 2012CAMERON, MO |  By: Holley

Spider Mites

Spotted spider mites have been found in a soybean field in Cameron, Missouri.

The mites are a pest that attack fields during dry weather. University of Missouri Agronomist, Wayne Flanary says under severe drought conditions, mite populations can double every 5 to 7 days. He adds it's important for farmers to check for the mites since they can be carried by the wind and can cause severe damage to crops. 

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Flanary adds rains can cause the mite populations to decline but fields should continue to be scouted.