Harvey Flooding May Bring Bumper Mosquito Crop

Chicot Memorial

THE DELTA (Ben Caxton) — Tropical depression Harvey flattened acres of harvest-ready rice, corn and soybeans in the Delta and flooding may have set the stage for a mosquito boom. Fields flooded for more than 24 hours could see significant yield losses due to seed sprouting and pod and seed rot, and harvests could be delayed while field water drains. Between 1000 and 2000 acres of mature rice were knocked over in Phillips County, Arkansas where some corn fields have 60% of un-harvested crop lying on the ground. Mosquito populations were already starting to replenish and with this stagnant water hunters may see even more mosquitoes when deer season opens.



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