- Associated Press - Monday, May 18, 2015

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico’s number one crop, alfalfa, is at risk of new invasive pests as they establish themselves in the state.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (https://bit.ly/1Eejxgz) New Mexico State University entomologists are predicting new insects to affect fruit and vegetable crops, including the state’s $300-million alfalfa industry.

NMSU Extension entomologist Jane Pierce says larvae of the white fringe beetle cause damage that can be mistaken for disease. Alfalfa farmers should look for thinning spots, check roots for holes and treat adult insects with insecticide.

The state’s list of invasive species continues to grow. Pierce says the sugarcane aphid has made its way from south Texas to the Panhandle, and this season could be when it lands in New Mexico sorghum crops.

People should report crop damage to county Extension agents.


Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News, https://www.lcsun-news.com

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