Those bugs ‘are going to outsmart us’

By: Josephine Marcotty, The Star Tribune.

Danny Serfling knew he was in trouble in July. Tiny white worms in the soil had eaten away the anchoring roots on half of his corn, and in one big storm last summer, the stalks toppled like sticks.

“All the corn around here went flat — from Spring Valley to Mabel,” said Serfling, who farms a few hundred acres here in southeastern Minnesota. He waved a tattooed arm toward stubbled hills that rolled away to the gray October sky, resigned to the next step. “We will have to use more insecticide,” he said.

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