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Agriculture officials say soybean and corn crops are at risk due to an unexpected pest this season: slugs.
“We’re not going out there and actually counting the amount of slugs, what were really doing is looking at how many soybeans are left in the field,” says Matt Parmer of Dekalb Corn and Asgrow Soybeans.
Parmer says the slugs could lead to a low soybean yield and create more work for farmers who have to replant in order to meet yields.
The mild winter, rainy conditions, and cool climate have created the perfect environment for the slugs to thrive.
“Slugs are one that really like cool, wet conditions,” Parmer says, adding farmers can take steps to protect their crops.
“We’re having to take some measures as far as putting on some fertilizers that may have salts on them, which are pretty hard on slugs,” he says. “Or we’re having to work under some of that residue to get rid of that environment.”
Parmer says the key to a slug-free crops is a warm, dry climate.