Tuesday, 29 July 2014

US spud farmers in the Klamath Basin have reported widespread maggot infestations attacking their potato seeds.

Although the seed corn maggot is seen in some fields every year, it appears to have affected more crops in 2010.

Fears have now been voiced that seeds could fail and yields may be reduced.

Cool, wet soil is thought to be behind the increased infestation.

The news is likely to come as a blow to potato farmers, many of who are already fighting wireworms in fields that were formerly perennial grasses.

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