A new plant pest that can consume certain row and vegetable crops has been confirmed in Delaware.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has reported that the kudzu bug was recently found on pole lima beans on a Sussex County farm.
The kudzu bug, a relative of the stinkbug also known as megacopta cribraria or the bean plataspid, was previously confirmed only as far north as Virginia. It has also been found in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Delaware Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee said growers should be on the alert and report any suspected infestations, while noting there are pesticides that can be used to protect crops.
In addition to soybeans, which are primarily used for animal feed in Delaware, the kudzu bug can also go after succulent beans, such as lima beans, broad beans, mung beans and common garden beans.
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