Warm and dry

June is finishing as it started--slightly warmer than average--so we have gained heat on the season and are drier than usual. The extra warmth has led to relatively rapid crop growth and also rapid development of some pests. For example, western bean cutworm emergence is about 10 days to 2 weeks earlier than usual, so if you are cooperating in the pheromone trapping program with ISU, please set up your traps as soon as possible!

The statewide average growing season moisture deficit stands at 2.72 inches, with west central the driest (-4.15") and east central the least far behind (-1.13").

Degree days May 1 through June 25, 2006
May 1 through June 25, 2006 Accumulated Base: 50 °F Degree Days

This article originally appeared on page 192 of the IC-496(17) -- June 26, 2006 issue.

Updated 06/29/2006 - 2:00pm