Bugs Emerge Early

A mild winter and an early spring have led to the early emergence of insects in area orchards.  Peter Shearer of the Mid-Columbia Agricultural Research and Extension Center says they are advising orchardists to be watchful for earlier than normal insect activity.  He says the mild conditions can have different impacts on different populations of insects.  The Hood River Experiment Station reported bloom in their orchard on March 26, twenty days earlier than the historical average.

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