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Published June 04, 2010, 09:11 AM

Klamath potato farmers plagued by pests

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Farmers in the Klamath Basin say their potato seeds are being attacked by a pest.

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Farmers in the Klamath Basin say their potato seeds are being attacked by a pest.

The seed corn maggot is reported in some Basin fields every year, but it seems more wide-spread this year.

Brian Charlton, a researcher with the Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center, blames the cool, wet soil. He says an infestation usually results in seed failure and a re-duced yield.

Some Basin potato farmers are also combating infestations of wireworms in fields that were previously perennial grasses.

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