Video: How Your Soil Temperature Can PREDICT Pest Spread In Crops..How Your Soil Temperature Can PREDICT Pest Spread In Crops..
Welcome back to Down On The Farm, today on this channel we are going to talk about “Soil temperature can predict pest spread in crops” A new study from North Carolina State University shows soil temperature can be used to effectively monitor and predict the spread of the corn earworm (Helicoverpa zea), an important pest that ravages corn, cotton, soybeans, peppers, tomatoes and other vegetable crops. The ability to better monitor the pest and make predictions about where it will appear could help farmers control the pest more effectively, which would reduce the financial and environmental impacts of pesticide use.
The researchers combined historical soil temperature data with long-term corn earworm monitoring data and information on how the pest survives cold conditions in a lab setting to better understand “overwintering success,” or how well the pest can survive underground during the colder winter months. Check this video out and stay updated!