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(West Plains) – Agricultural officials in Missouri are urging farmers and landowners to be on the lookout for True Army Worms, which they say are out heavier than normal this spring season.

Ozark Radio News spoke with Sarah Kenyon, Agronomy specialist with the University of Missouri Extension, who told us more how to identify the worms:

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Kenyon says that landowners should begin control measures when there are four or more per square foot of land. She says that some places in their service region, like in southern Oregon County, are seeing number 6 times that amount:

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She says that these numbers spell trouble for a number of landowners, as the True Army Worms eat over 2,000 varieties of grass and plants:

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Kenyon says that, with a large initial number of worms, that they could bring problems in the weeks to come:

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There are, however, a few steps farmers can take with their fields to protect themselves against the worm invasion:

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Again, if you have any question, contact your local MU Extension Center, or call the Howell County Extension Center at 417-256-2391.

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