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Aphid pressure picking up in southwest Minnesota

Soybean aphid pressure is picking up in southwest Minnesota.

Craig LaVoi with Peterson Farms Seed says farmers are out scouting.

“By no means is there a lot of spraying going on yet, but the numbers are starting to increase. So that’s definitely one (issue) we’re watching out for.”

He tells Brownfield certain areas seem to struggle more with aphids.

“Around the woods in heavy buckthorn country, just seems like those guys are always battling them. But you get outside of that and it’s been a quiet couple years on the aphid front.”

LaVoi says two pests that were problems the past two growing seasons, spider mites and thistle caterpillar, have not been an issue so far this summer.

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