Panhandle Hay Farmers Dealing with Pesky Armyworms

MARIANNA, Fla. (AP) _ The mild winter has left Florida Panhandle hay farmers dealing with a pesky worm capable of destroying large swaths of crops.

Panama City’s WJHG ( ) reports armyworms usually don’t show up until early fall, but that this year’s unseasonable warm winter didn’t kill them off.

A large population of armyworms can destroy a 35 acre crop in just a few days and fertilizer is expensive.

Cattle ranchers are also affected by the pest: If cows can’t get enough nutrients from hay, ranchers must supplement the feed.