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ST. JOSEPH, MO (2010-09-10) A pest has been discovered near St. Joseph that threatens one of our region's top cash crops.
The soybean podworm has been found in several fields, feeding on seeds forming in the pods. After finishing off the pod walls and seeds, it will move up to the leaves of the plant, which is when most growers notice a problem. Extension agents say the soybean podworm is feeding in 2 to 4 week cycles then pupates in the soil, where the moth will emerge in 10 to 25 days. Agronomists are urging bean producers to look carefully at their pod walls to see if the pest has infested their field.
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