Bollworm moths in a trap in a photo taken July 1 in Jackson County, Arkansas. Agents and entomologists are seeing higher than usual numbers of these moths. (U of A System Division of Agriculture photo by Matthew Davis.)

If there was one phrase to sum up farming in Arkansas at the start of summer, it would be “keep scouting.”

Surveillance done by Cooperative Extension Service county agents around the state has found bollworm numbers up compared to 2021. Each year, agents post traps, and each month, they count the trapped insects as an indicator of what pests local farmers might expect to see in their fields.

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