Pests and Diseases, Production/Agronomy

Idaho farmers watching for early insects

University of Idaho Extension entomologist Erik Wenninger believes insect development is well ahead of normal in Idaho following a mild winter, and growers could face heightened pest and disease challenges, as a result. Based on an analysis of daily regional temperatures, Wenninger believes insect development is two to three weeks ahead of the 30-year average in Magic Valley, nearly a couple of weeks ahead of schedule in Eastern Idaho and four to six days early in Treasure Valley. “This year has been exceptionally warm so far,” Wenninger said. “I think growers should be beginning their scouting for insects a good two to three weeks earlier than they normally do, at least in the Magic Valley.” More

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