Iowa has experienced a mild winter. In fact, Des Moines has yet to experience a temperature of zero degrees this winter. This is a record for the latest winter date. In addition to warmer temperatures, the total snowfall for our state has been low (Fig. 1) and below average compared to a normal year (Fig. 2). As a result, many are predicting dry planting conditions for 2012.
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Hodgson, Erin W. and Jesse, Laura C. H., "What Does This Warm Winter Mean for Insects?" (2012). Integrated Crop Management News. 257.
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