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April 14, 2011

Mid-Atlantic apple growers lost $37 million last year from damage caused by the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) to the 2010 apple crop, according to an estimate released by the U.S. Apple Association (USApple). The damage estimate was developed at the request of federal scientists researching ways to control the newly invasive pest. Although growers suffered financial loss from this pest, the Mid-Atlantic region overall has continued to provide quality apples for the 2010 crop year.