Thistle Caterpillars Deluge in Siouxland Moves Farmers to Aerial Attacks

Thistle Caterpillars Deluge in Siouxland Moves Farmers to Aerial Attacks

SIOUX CITY — People scanning the rural skyline recently in Siouxland have had a good chance of seeing a host of planes and helicopters spraying fields. That was true in late July and now into August, with planes swooping and laying down mists over fields near Kingsley, Moville, Lawton and Correctionville, plus many other locations,

SIOUX CITY — People scanning the rural skyline recently in Siouxland have had a good chance of seeing a host of planes and helicopters spraying fields.

That was true in late July and now into August, with planes swooping and laying down mists over fields near Kingsley, Moville, Lawton and Correctionville, plus many other locations, particularly in Woodbury and Monona counties.

Iowa State University Extension field agronomist Joel DeJong said Friday one of the main factors precipitating the spraying is the attempt to limit the impact on crops from the influx of the painted lady butterfly through its larvae, typically called the thistle caterpillar.

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