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Weather & pests in 2013

Agriculture.com Staff 04/08/2013 @ 10:37am

Unusual weather patterns -- whether they be drought or deluge -- are a tip-off to potential bug or disease problems. For example, an unusually mild winter (like the one a year ago), severe drought (like last summer's), or prolonged periods of rain and cool temperatures in the spring are an advance warning to anticipate certain pest or disease problems. The relationship between disease and weather cycles is the base of many prediction models that can be used to advise growers days or weeks before the onset of a disease. Armed with such weather information this spring and summer, you should head to your fields and “scout, scout, scout," experts urge.


What's the status of the drought?

Some weather experts say the drought's end is near -- and it has already arrived in much of the Corn Belt -- but many farmers remain skeptical; an Agriculture.com poll reveals 42% say "we're still a long way from the end." What do you think?


Bulk up on the latest weather data


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