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June 19, 2017

Farmers beware: Armyworms on the march

Farmers are being warned to be on the lookout for armyworms, a pest that can devastate crops.

The Bangor Daily News reported that the University of Maine’s Cooperative Extension has received reports of several outbreaks of armyworms. The extension is warning farmers throughout Maine to inspect their fields. 

“The last time we had a large outbreak was in 2001,” extension professor Richard Kersbergen told the BDN. “That year, we also had a cool moist spring, similar to what we have experienced this year.”

According to an extension fact sheet, the armyworm’s preferred foods are grasses including corn, grains and timothy. They will feed on other plants if grasses are unavailable. 

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