An entomologist with Ontario’s Ministry of Agriculture is warning farmers to not be lulled into a false sense of security by thinking insects have been killed off by the extremely cold winter.
Tracey Baute says farmers may be hoping to see less harmful insect activity during the growing season. Don’t count on it, says the provincial field crop entomologist.
“Though overall there could be a reduction in pest populations, this is not necessarily true for all of our key pests,” Baute said in a post on her website, Baute Bug Blog. “Some of them are quite tolerant to harsh winters and deal with it better than we do.”