Updated - Degree-day maps of base 9°C are now being produced by Soroka, Olfert, and Giffen (2016) using the Harcourt/North Dakota models. The aim or the modelling is to predict the development of Alfalfa weevil (Hypera postica) across the prairies and to help growers time their in-field scouting as second-instar larvae are predicted to occur. Compare the following predicted development stages and degree-day values copied below (Soroka 2015) to the map below.
For the week of June 5, 2016, second instar larvae are predicted to be present in fields falling within areas of the map highlighted ANY shade of purple. Third and fourth instar larvae are predicted to be present in fields falling within areas highlighted ANY shade of blue in the map below. Scout field and compare larval densities to the action threshold for alfalfa weevil which varies according to end use and crop stage.