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Monday, July 03, 2017 MidWestGrower MidWestIllinois

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The Japanese beetles are out of a horror movie this year. No matter what you throw at them there is too many of them to combat. Last week I couldn't step out side without getting them in my mouth if left open. They had eaten the grapes and blackberries & rose bushes, apples, plums, pears and peach trees. They are now eating the sugar maple leaves and trying to eat the tomato plants but they don't seem to like them that well. They are trying to get in the screen house and a few do slip in so I have to do more rounds on inspections. Unbelievable numbers of them. I believe they are here because of the soy bean fields that surround me and when the corn silk appears on the corn ears look out, they love the sweat corn silk. I'm going to cut all the fruit trees down because it gets worse and worse ea. year with zero fruit benefit. The only trees they seem to not like are the Ash and fur trees. They are even eating ragweed and hemlock & regular grass.

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