DOVER, Del. (WBOC/AP)- Agriculture officials say a plant pest that can consume row and vegetable crops has been confirmed in Delaware.
Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee said Friday that the kudzu bug has found on pole lima beans on a Sussex County farm.
"We want farmers to know about this latest pest, which has been steadily on the move from the South since it was first detected in 2009," Kee said. "We now have an early warning, and this is the time to prepare."
In addition to soybeans, the kudzu bug can also go after succulent beans, such as lima beans, broad beans, mung beans and common garden beans.
The kudzu bug is a relative of the stinkbug. It is so named because a primary host is the kudzu vine, an invasive plant.
Kee says farmers should report any suspected infestations. He says there are pesticides that can be used to protect crops.
Farmers with questions about the kudzu bug can contact the Department of Agriculture's Plant Industries Section at (302) 698-4500; University of Delaware entomologist Joanne Whalen at (302) 831-1303; or local University of Delaware Cooperative Extension agents.
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