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Published September 15, 2010, 11:52 AM

Worm hurting soybean harvest in northwest Missouri

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — The soybean harvest in northwest Missouri has been hurt by a troublesome worm.

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — The soybean harvest in northwest Missouri has been hurt by a troublesome worm.

The culprit is the soybean podworm. St. Joseph Agri Services Manager Donnie Miller said he hasn’t seen such a level of damage on soybeans during his four decades in the business. Miller told The St. Joseph News Press that late-planted beans in river bottomland and flooded ground have been hardest hit.

Wayne Flanary, an agronomy specialist with University Extension in Holt County, says the podworm eats away the pod wall and completely consumes the seed.

Insecticide works well as a remedy, although the pods can suffer significant damage without a quick application.

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