There are lots of news stories on cicadas coming from east coast media. They are talking about the emergence of brood II of the 17 year cicada in Connecticut, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Just not in Missouri.

Cicadas, not our problem this year

There are lots of news stories on cicadas coming from east coast media. They are talking about the emergence of brood II of the 17 year cicada in Connecticut, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Just not in Missouri.

When cicadas come out of the ground, their appearance or emergence has been divided in to “broods” by the year and where they appear. Roman numerals are used to number and name the broods. Nick names have been given to the broods to describe where they appear.

Many of us remember the 1998 emergence of both 17 and 13 year periodical cicada broods and the more recent 2011 emergence of the 13 year cicada from brood XIX also known as the Great Southern Brood. Our turn in central Missouri comes again in 2015 with the emergence of the 17 year brood IV or nick named the Kansan Brood emerging in Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. The Missouri broods and cicada information can be found in the MU guide sheet: http://extension.missouri.edu/p/g7259.

Source: Jim Jarman, agronomy specialist, 573-642-0755