More pest projections based on Iowa’s warm winter

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Two weeks ago, we linked to a Des Moines Register article suggesting that Iowa’s mild winter could lead to an increase in pests. The Des Moines Register released a new, more in-depth, article today indicating that this year’s pest population may actually be close to normal.

An entomologist quoted in the article explained that spring weather affects insect populations more than the winter because most insects reproduce in the spring. Therefore, although there are more insects out now than most years at this time, the overall amount of insects will likely be similar to the norm.

The article also notes that the warm winter could help Iowa’s bee colonies, giving a boost to honey production.

Read more about this year’s pest projections here.

Mild winter means difficulties for some Iowa businesses

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As of Wednesday, this winter ranks among the warmest in Iowa’s history – and while many Iowan’s are enjoying the unusually high temperatures and lack of snow, some Iowa businesses are bearing the brunt of this warm weather.

Geoff Perrill, owner of Geoff’s Bike and Ski in Iowa City, said his business has taken a hit, and is calling it “the winter that never happened.”

“That’s what we’re dubbing it here – the winter that never was,” said Perrill.

Perrill is hoping to mitigate the season’s effects on his business by offering a “No Snow Blows Sale” – slashing prices on winter-related gear until the next snowfall.

January and February are currently ranked as the 8th warmest among January-February combinations for which recorded data exists, with an average temperature of 27.9 degrees – that’s 6.7 degrees higher than the average temperature for that time.

For more information, read the full article at the Press-Citizen.