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Home Grown: Whiteflies and looper can threaten melons

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - As lettuce season wraps up in the desert southwest, melon season is in full gear, but some insects are giving Yuma farmers a run for their money.

Whiteflies are the first most common pests. They can draw down vines by laying eggs and the insect will suck the nutrients out of the vines.

On top of that, whiteflies carry diseases.

Other threats are worms like the looper.

They hatch on the vine leaves and will then feed on the leaves and outside of the melon leaving some ugly scars.

Looper also drop feces while they eat.

Farmers can control these pests using different either organic or non-organic pesticides

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April Hettinger

April was born and raised in San Diego where she loved the beach town and her two dogs, Lexi and Malibu. She decided to trade the beach for the snow and advanced her education at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. After a short 3 ½ years, she earned bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies with minors in Journalism and Spanish but gained memories and friendships she will always remember.

She began her broadcast journalism career through NAZ Today, northern Arizona’s local news station, by covering breaking news, building relationships with the community, learning to produce a newscast and anchoring live. Although she will miss her snowy mountain town, she is excited to further her broadcast career and take on the heat in a great city like Yuma.

She is looking forward to floating down at the Colorado River, riding dirt bikes at the sand dunes, and most importantly, serving the community through local news.

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Christian Galeno

Christian Galeno joined KYMA/KSWT in July of 2019 as a Weekend Anchor and multimedia journalist.


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