KANSAS CITY (B)--It is not autumn, nor is grass their usual food, but that seems to matter little to hordes of fall armyworms that have begun to munch on pastures in northeastern Kansas, causing heavy forage losses in some areas.

"I have seen infestations of 20 armyworms per square foot (and) in some spots, the vegetation is almost gone," said Kansas State University entomologist Leroy Brooks. "So far, brome pastures in Riley, Nemaha and Brown counties appear to be the worms' primary targets. But, we have also had damage in at least one alfalfa field and some forage sorghum."

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