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FARMERS, SCIENTISTS DISAGREE ON IMPACT OF WILD WINTER ON PESTS, DISEASES, FIELDS

With temperatures reaching as low as 17 below during the polar vortex’s recent visit, some farmers are hoping that was enough to kill off some of the pests and fungi they have to fight during the growing season. Nick Seiter, an assistant professor at University of Illinois who studies crop insects, said “Most of the pests we have in Illinois are well-adapted to the temperatures. They’re hunkered down for the winter.” (The News Gazette)

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