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ISSUE DATE: 03/19/2012

Mild winter, dry conditions could cause insect problems

By Jennifer Carrico

A mild winter is a welcome sight for many people in Iowa, but it might not be such a great thing once the crops have emerged and the insects have reappeared. Or will it?

Iowa State University Extension Entomologist Erin Hodgson says that because Des Moines and many parts of the state of Iowa haven't experienced a temperature of zero degrees, it could increase the chance of insect survival. Lack of snowfall in the state as of mid-February has led to moisture concerns as well.

"Perhaps it is true, but there are many factors that influence successful overwintering and are worth strong consideration," said Hodgson.

Those factors include: insects that overwinter aboveground like the adult bean leaf beetle may be more likely to survive with fewer cold days, but lack of snow cover can expose insects to those days with below-freezing temperatures and could increase mortality compared to a year with insulating snow.

Another factor is insects that overwinter belowground like the Japanese beetle grubs will not likely be affected by a mild winter because soil temperatures are more constant.

"However, there could be more survivors than normal if the frost layer is shallow," she said.


NEWS

AFA students to share message of ag during National Ag Day
Agronomy student speaks to legislators on National Ag Day
Battling insects that cause trouble in paradise
Boswell calls on USDA to reconsider office closures
Collaborative research set to secure food supplies
Disaster recovery resource available online
DUCK is new watchword when storms loom
El Nino weather pattern expected by late spring
Families Together will focus on health care
Farm Bureau rejects increased farmland-productivity values
Legislature celebrates Kansas Agriculture Week with food drive competition
LIEAP application deadline approaching
Natural gas update
Omaha Health, Wellness and Fitness Expo set for April
Research: Manganese concentrations higher in residential neighborhoods than industrial sites
Researchers improve nutrition monitoring methods
Study: Atrazine not likely to exceed EPA standard
Tax software a good option for many
U.S. consumers eating less meat
USDA to celebrate 150th anniversary
USDA to tap veterans, service members for ag careers
Vilsack seeks estate tax changes
Weakening La Nina may bring flash floods
Women in Agriculture Spring Fling is March 30

CROPS

American Corn Growers support new CRP initiative
Ark. corn could exceed cotton acres in 2012
Controlling herbicide-resistant pigweed
Corn growers sought for on-farm research network
Drought conference set for March 27
Farm Bureau pleased with additional funding for flood-affected farmers
Final planting date changed to June 10
Iowa Farm Bureau offers commodity challenge simulation
K-State Extension to host ag events
Many factors affect cotton market
March USDA report: Bulls for beans, bears for cotton
Members inducted into Nebraska Hall of Ag Achievement
Mid America Farm Expo set for March 27 to 29
Mild winter, dry conditions could cause insect pressure
Plains Cotton Growers to hold annual meeting March 30
Report: Normal corn yields in 2012 could lower returns
Sample soil before fertilizing
Seed cost calculator now available
Seed selection key to managing soybean disease, achieving high yields
Soybean king focus of research on maximizing yield
Soybean seed quality focus of webcast
Specialty crop grants available
Study looks at biological control for western bean cutworms
The Cotton Board holds March meeting
USDA announces new funding for conservation partners
Webinar focuses on biochar

LIVESTOCK

4-H members compete in Lamb Lead
American Royal updates plan to replace Kemper Arena
Avoiding body condition loss in herds
AYHC Symposium arena programs take learning out of the classroom
AYHC Symposium program guide will be online, in print
Balancing pork quality with feed economics
Beef Quiz Bowl offers opportunities to learn about beef industry
Calving difficulties: Knowing what to look for
Cattlemen's Golf Scramble planned for Dodge City
CSU to host Veterinary Teaching Hospital Open House
Demand more from the herd
Determining silage sources for dairies
Evaluate herd health program
Extension presents poultry workshop in Powell
Extension to host AI school in Laramie
Extension to host horse seminar March 31
First AQHA Latin American Championships scheduled
Houston Commercial Bull and Female Sales prove profitable
Implanting nursing calves
ISU Dairy Extension Team receives award
Kansas Angus Association to hold female sales this spring
K-State makes veterinary medicine appointments
NCBA supports comprehensive BSE rule
Nebraska Cattlemen's Classic Beef Contest held
Nutrient management meetings scheduled
Pork producers donate to 'Homes for Haiti' project, issue challenge
PQA Plus Advisor Recertification offered
Preventing muddy conditions in feedlot pens
Submit entries for Flint Hills Beef Fest Cattle Contests now
TAHC accepting comments on two new rule proposals
Tales of American Quarter Horse event set for March 22
Tested bull sale set for March 26 in Springfield
UHC presents at Horse World Expo
Young cowboys learn details of rodeo competition at rodeo camp

EDITOR

Conserving the Ogallala
Handle and dispose of treated seed properly
Saving our border beef
Window of opportunity

COLUMNS

Don't plant more corn
Farmers rock
History is the only science we need
Just a scoop full

MARKETS

Aberdeen livestock auction report
Ada livestock auction report
Corn, wheat rally
Denison feeder cattle auction report
Dodge City cattle sales report
Ericson livestock auction report
Grain market close
Hay trade slow
High Plains slaughter news
Joplin regional cattle sales report
Most hay classes selling steady
OKC West livestock market report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales
Pratt livestock auction report
Salina cattle auction report
Springfield livestock auction report
Springfield livestock auction report
Texas direct feeder cattle summary
Tulsa livestock auction report
West Plains regional cattle sales report

RANGE

Extension to host hay school
FSA reminds landowners to sign up for CRP
Improved wheat/clover pastures raise risk of bloat
Lower chance in 2012 for grasshopper outbreaks in some areas
Measuring pasture recovery after drought
Ranch Management University set for April 9 to 13
Rancher testifies on effects of federal regulations
Researchers target more efficient cellulosic ethanol production

FAMILY

A savory springtime brunch
Beef checkoff kicks off American GrillMaster Experience BBQ Tour
Borers a common problem in trees
Helpful tips
Horticulturist: Get proactive about iris pests now
Kansas Master Farmers, Master Farm Homemakers named
Meditation for 3-19-12
Norman to host garden festival
Not all beef is a steak
Planting potatoes in the home garden
Prelude ideal for large family
Sample the simply spectacular Sunflower State
Tractor/machinery safety certification offered to youth
Turkey workshops scheduled
Watch for warning signs of cold injury to plants

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