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May 1, 2014Mo. | By: Brandon Travis / Chris Roush
Area growers should be on the lookout for alfalfa weevil in their alfalfa fields.
According to the University of Missouri Extension Office in Holt County, reports of alfalfa weevil have been made in south Missouri. These reports are due to cold weather which can cause insecticide failures as well as the weevil becoming resistant to the insecticide.
Regional Agronomist, Wayne Flanary, says alfalfa weevil attack mainly during the spring time.
If alfalfa is seven to ten days from bud and early bloom stage, farmers can harvest it early.
Missouri research has shown that 98 percent of weevils can be reduced with mechanical harvest.