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Insect pressure could be intense following mild winter

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Insect pressure during the growing season could be higher than normal in parts of the Midwest experiencing mild winter conditions.

University of Minnesota Extension integrated pest management specialist Bruce Potter says temperatures haven’t been consistently cold enough to knock back insect populations.

“Especially stuff that’s wintering in the soil. These temperatures have been really mild, and up to this point I don’t think there’s been much mortality from cold temperatures.”

He tells Brownfield the timing of migratory pest pressure will be determined mostly by weather in the south.

Insect pressure could be intense following mild winter