It’s an army marching on its stomach, and Maryland crops are on the menu. Brown marmorated stink bugs native to Asia are threatening to destroy crops this summer.
An insect with a voracious appetite, no domestic natural predators and a taste for everything from apples to lima beans has caused millions of dollars in crop damage and may just be getting started.
For Maryland farmers, Asian stink bugs are potentially devastating.
Scientists confronting the brown marmorated stink bug hope to get an emergency exemption by August that would allow apple and peach growers to use an insecticide currently banned from orchards.
The cold that’s plunged Maryland into a deep freeze extends deep into the south. That’s placed Florida crops in jeopardy.
The hot, dry summer took a toll on Maryland crops and Tuesday evening, the US Department of Agriculture has declared much of the state a drought disaster.