Experts say insect pressure this growing season will depend significantly on weather patterns from the United States, and extreme weather conditions can boost pest numbers. These conditions include excessive wind patterns coming up through the Mississippi River Valley, which can bring extraordinary numbers of pests.
Some insects that damage Canadian Prairie farmers’ crops – diamondback moths, soybean aphids, true armyworms and cereal aphids, for example – arrive from the U.S. once favourable weather returns. The uncertainty of when and where pests will be a problem makes insect monitoring vital, and there are several pest surveys that can help producers make decisions on what pest will be the greatest threat. | READ MORE