Ronda Thiessen en New Pest Damaging Midwest Fruit Crops <p>Farmers across Illinois and other midwest states are worried about their berries, peaches and tomatoes thanks to a newly arrived pest. &nbsp;</p><p>The spotted wing drosophila looks like an ordinary fruit fly but is way more deadly. It kills healthy fruit by making a tiny slit in a fruit’s skin and laying eggs inside. In two weeks, a female fly can lay more than 300 eggs. So a couple of adults can become thousands in a few months. Lincoln University’s Jaime Piñero says no soft fruit is safe.</p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 10:43:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 8479 at New Pest Damaging Midwest Fruit Crops