Black grass bug plagues northern Utah farms

HOWELL, Utah (AP) – Agricultural experts from Utah State University say a tiny black grass bug poses a serious threat to farms, rangeland and conservation reserves across Utah.USU Extension Service agent Lyle Holmgren says the 1/4-inch long bugs kill grasses by sucking the chlorophyll out of the leaf, causing the plants to dry up.Holmgren says most damaged plants can recover with enough moisture, but a severe infestation during a drought could mean the damage is irreversible.The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food says significant damage by the tiny creature has been found in Tremonton, Howell, Promontory, Hansel Valley and other northern Utah locations. Juab, San Juan, Sevier, Iron and Millard counties have also reported infestations.

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