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Stem fly outbreak batters soybean crops

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Agronomists estimate 4000 hectares of soybeans near Casino, NSW have been damaged by soybean stem fly ( Melanagromyza sojae) , a pest rarely seen in damaging numbers in Australia... Hugh Brier, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) senior entomologist, Kingaroy, Queensland says the only other significant soybean stem fly outbreak occurred in 2009 in the Mackay region of Central Queensland... Soybean stem fly has also been reported this summer in the Clarence Valley by Dr Natalie Moore, NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) senior research agronomist, Grafton who reports the pest is not having a noticeable impact on crops in terms of leaf death/wilting symptoms...
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