http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Japanese beetles increasingly in farm fields http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/japanese-beetles-increasingly-farm-fields <p>The Japanese beetle has been striking Missouri and Illinois with full force, eating its way through rose bushes and tomato plants and threatening major crops like corn and soybeans.</p><p><a href="http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/article_792b576a-461c-54b5-8aef-983bf974d6c2.html">The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports</a> that the beetle has been an urban problem for years. But now, farmers in both Missouri and Illinois say the bugs are moving into corn and soybean fields - crops vital to both states.</p> Tue, 26 Jul 2011 17:01:35 +0000 The Associated Press 1735 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Japanese beetles increasingly in farm fields