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New Pest in Louisiana Attacks Soybeans

The root-knot nematode may have migrated from North Carolina

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry on Friday identified a pest that has showed up in the state and attacks certain crops, primarily sugar cane, soybeans and sweet potatoes, reports The Advocate.

State officials in a news release said the root-knot nematode, or Meloidogyne enterolobii, is a microscopic worm that reproduces rapidly and was recently identified in Morehouse Parish.

LSU Agriculture Center officials believe the worm somehow migrated into Louisiana from North Carolina.

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