Drought makes crops more susceptible to pests – Voice Of Muscatine


Drought makes crops more susceptible to pests

An extension entomologist is concerned crops in areas of prolonged drought will be more vulnerable to pests.

Erin Hodgson with Iowa State University says a lack of moisture puts stress on plants.

“That makes (the plants) more susceptible to some of the feeding that happens from insects, so I think that’s what we’ve seen the last couple years is crops are suffering to a certain extent because they’re just not getting adequate moisture.

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