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New Plant Pest Confirmed in Delaware


DOVER, Del.- A new nuisance plant pest has been confirmed in Delaware. The kudzu bug is capable of consuming certain row and vegetable crops, like lima beans and soybeans.

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

Delaware Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee is urging growers to report any suspected infestations. 

The kudzu bug can also target other beans, such as broad beans, lima beans, mung beans and other common garden beans. The bug is a relative of the stinkbug. It has also been found in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. It was previously only confirmed as far north as Virginia. 

The presence of the kudzu bug in Delaware was confirmed by an agricultural consultant, University of Delaware Cooperative Extension researchers, the Delaware Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Plant Protection and Quarantine office in Beltsville, Md. 

Farmers who have questions about the insect can contact the Department of Agriculture's Plant Industries Section at (302) 698-4500, the University of Delaware entomologist Joanne Whalen at (302) 831-1303, or any local University of Delaware Cooperative Extension agents. 

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