Warm Winter = Wheat Aphids
Todd Neeley DTN Staff Reporter
Thu Mar 22, 2012 03:14 PM CDT

OMAHA (DTN) -- Everyone has been enjoying a warm winter this year, including yield-sapping wheat aphids. The destructive insects have benefited from the mild temps and have been feeding on winter wheat fields in the Midsouth earlier than normal.

The region saw very few freezing temperatures this winter, according to DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist Bryce Anderson, which is why aphids are present and active in March.

"Memphis, for instance, had only five days that were 32 degrees or colder in the month of February," Anderson said. "Normal for the month is 9.5 days and last winter they had 12 days ...

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