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Warm weather and insect pests

publication date: Apr 1, 2012
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spotted cucumber beetleFarmers are always talking about the weather, moreso this year than usual. The mild winter, lack of snow cover, and record-breaking March temperatures across most of the U.S. have generated a lot of talk and worry that insect pressure will be worse than usual this season.

Entomologists say that’s not necessarily true. Insect pressure will be different, for sure, but it may not be worse and might even be less for some crops. A lot depends on the overwintering biology of specific pests, populations last year, and the weather going forward this spring and summer.

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