TOPEKA, Kan. - Kansas vegetable farmers can add a plague of insects to their problems as their crops struggle to survive the ongoing drought.
The Topeka Capital-Journal (http://bit.ly/RpkZcU) reports bugs are forcing farmers to divert more resources into irrigation and chemicals, cutting into their already dwindling profits.
Several growers at a farmers market in Topeka on Saturday said aphids are out in full force, while others said squash bugs and some they can't identify are eating holes in their crops.
What's not being consumed by the bugs is wilting in daily 100-degree temperatures, forcing many growers to throw out produce spoiled in the heat.
Another problem is that some crops are maturing too early, prompting some to warn of watermelon shortages for Labor Day and a scarce supply of pumpkins for Halloween.