When one Fred Love found a single organism, an inch long, with a saw tooth, on his farm in Kankakee County, Ill., the price of July corn on the Chicago Board of Trade jumped a cent a bushel last week. The hand of Farmer Love quivered as he wrapped the specimen, despatched it to the Department of Agriculture in Washington. In that tiny package was a noxious pest, the European corn borer.

Six years ago, its forefathers appeared on the American continent, probably arriving in a shipment of broomcorn from southeastern Europe...

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