Enviro-Weather can be used to learn about local weather conditions and also predict pest insect development. (Screen capture from Enviro-Weather)
Michigan State University’s Enviro-Weather tool is great at sharing weather data collected by monitoring stations around the state, but it has other uses beyond that. For example, it is possible to use the weather network’s online tool to predict the development of pest insects, according to a release. The information is useful for those who grow crops in Michigan.
The key is to correlate the number of growing degree days that have accumulated in an area of interest with those needed by an insect to grow. And the tool already does all of the work for farmers and others tracking insects – all that is needed are some quick clicks around.
Enviro-Weather is overseen by the Michigan State University Extension as a management tool. It provides useful information for those interested or concerned with weather-based pests, natural resources and crop production.
Top image: Enviro-Weather can be used to learn about local weather conditions and also predict pest insect development. (Screen capture from Enviro-Weather)