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Chinch Bug Active in Corn, Sorghum

Central Kansas farmers dealing with uptick in pest

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Central Kansas farmers are being warned to scout for chinch bugs after reports of hefty numbers of the pest on corn and sorghum have surfaced in Lincoln and surrounding counties, reports Southwest Farm Press.

While Kansas State Extension specialists say corn is more tolerable to chinch bug damage in later stages of development, younger sorghum plants offer prime food source for the insects.

Sandra Wick, Kansas State University crop production specialist, says with wheat harvest wrapping up, the pests are quickly moving out of harvested wheat fields and into adjacent corn and sorghum.

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