New plant pest uncovered in Delaware

By Joe Irizarry 3:40pm, July 5, 2013
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A new plant pest is confirmed in Delaware.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service reports the kudzu bug was recently found on pole lima beans on a Sussex County farm.

The kudzu bug can consume certain row and vegetable crops, including lima beans and soybeans.

Delaware Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee says growers should be on alert and report any suspected infestations.

Kee adds that there are pesticides that can be used to protect crops.

The kudzu bug was previously confirmed in the south and only as far north as Virginia.

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