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Invasive stink bugs plaguing soybean farmers in 3 states


August 30, 2017

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Deep South's nastiest soybean pest is marching north, and Mississippi and Arkansas are facing their worst invasion ever.

Two warm winters followed by this year's warm spring have let invasive red-banded stinkbugs spread well beyond south Louisiana, where they've been prevalent since 2000.

It's much worse than 2009, the last time the insects were a big problem in Mississippi and Arkansas, experts say.

"There are huge numbers," said Gus Lorenz, an entomologist with the University of Arkansas extension service in Lonoke.

For instance, he said, "there were so many they...

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