If you live in southwest Iowa, you might notice a rise in insects

A mild winter across farm country has opened the door for more pests but agronomists say there are ways to protect forage crops this spring.

Researchers at Iowa State University say the mild winter allowed for alfalfa weevil populations to remain high but they do admit it is an anomaly for southwest Iowa. Populations are exploding, and it is why they are urging producers to scout the fields.

While some producers have sprayed insecticides, they recommend scouting with a sweep net.

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