Winter heat wave

Winter heat wave and insects

The 16.9 degrees measured in Eindhoven on Jan. 1, 2023, was basically as extreme as the record temperatures of recent summers. In seven European countries, Jan. 1 was the warmest January day on record.

“By winter standards this is really a kind of heat wave, if it had been summer now we would have had temperatures around 40 degrees,” said Maurice Middendorp of Buienradar. “These temperatures really just belong to May or June.”

And it didn’t just happen in the Netherlands. Poland even had 19 degrees and the Czech Republic 19.6. Denmark, Belarus, Lithuania and Latvia also recorded temperature records. In Germany, it was 12 degrees warmer than normal

Potential impacts on agriculture

“High temperatures will have a direct relationship with the expected amount of insects in the coming period” says Agrometeorologist Joost Nieveen of SmartFarm. This is why it is interesting to leave the FieldMate in your field even during the winter months when there is no crop. By recording soil and air temperatures, we can start predicting when the first flight of insects will take place and help you with targeted scouting and control.

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