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Armyworms Attack Midwest, Entomologists and Farmers Say Fields Wiped Out in Hours

Fields wiped out in a matter of hours. Pests marching from grasses into farm fields and pastures. It's an armyworm infestation so intense, the pest problem is unlike anything farmers and entomologists in Ohio have ever seen.

While the late-season pest showed up early in Arkansas fields, it then moved en masse into the Buckeye State. Ohio farmers battled the pest starting in August, with the pest marching fiercely through fields, causing widespread damage.

Curtis Young, an agricultural Extension educator for Van Wert County, Ohio, and entomologist by trade, says the pest had blanketed the entire state by the end of August and beginning of September.

“(Arkansas) just happened to have a huge emergence of adults when a weather front came through that sucked them up into the jet stream and deposited them here in the northern states. So, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, etc. all got a good dose of them from a weather front,” says Young.

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