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Growing Degree Day (GDD) Summary, April 2022

Here is your Growing Degree Day (GDD) summary ending April 30, 2022. While the calendar says it is spring, our actual outdoor experiences made have said otherwise. We have enjoyed some record breaking summer-like temperatures, but on the flip slide, snow flakes were still flying in April. Hopefully now that it is officially May, things will change - who are we kidding, it is Ohio. Stay tuned for these year-to-date summaries each month in 2022.
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Growing Degree Day (GDD) Summary, March 2022

Here is your Growing Degree Day (GDD) summary ending March 31, 2022. While the calendar says it is spring, our actual outdoor experiences made have said otherwise. We have enjoyed some spring-like temperatures, but on the flip slide, snow flakes have been flying in the not so distant past. Hopefully now that it is officially April things will change - who are we kidding, it is Ohio. Stay tuned for these year-to-date summaries each month in 2022.
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Growing Degree Day (GDD) Summary, Janaury 2022

Years ago, a Growing Degree Day (GDD) article was a reoccuring staple in what was the weekly Buckeye Yard and Garden Line (BYGL) e-newsletter. While the newsletter evolved into a real time, blog-like, format, GDD information still had a presence as an occasional summary, and of course was included in many of the insect alerts. In 2022, you will be seeing monthly summaries, and we will continue to tie in GDDs into other alerts as well.
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What is Your Growing Degree Day (GDD) Number?

So what is your GDD - or growing degree day? Before you reach for a piece a paper, a pencil and a calculator to figure out what your number is, check out the OSU's Growing Degree Day website. This website does the 'math' or the calculations to determine your GDD for you. All you need is an Ohio zipcode. The website uses weather stations across Ohio to determine what the accumulations, and provides visitors their GDD and where they are in a biological calendar of certain plant blooms and insect activity. 
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Word of the Week - Growing Degree Days (GDD)

Growing Degree Days (GDD) are a measurement of the growth and development of plants and insects during the growing season. Development does not occur at this time unless the temperature is above a minimum threshold value, or what is also referred to as the base temperature. This base temperature can vary for different organisms and is determined through research and experimentation.
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Growing Degree Days, Part 3

Last month, a BYGL Alert was written as an intro or refresher to growing degree days followed by a second alert, Growing Degree Days (GDD) – Part 2, (March 16, 2020), https://bygl.osu.edu/index.php/node/1455 . And ealier this week, Joe Boggs authored a BYGL Alert, Observations on Phenology (April 13, 2020), https://bygl.osu.edu/node/1504 highlighting the sequence of plant bloom, insect activity and optimal timing for pest management. 
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Growing Degree Days (GDD) - What Is Your #?

While we are living in a world with cancellations, postponements, and social distancing, the spring season has not been canceled, and as a matter of fact the season is progressing. A great way to track that progression is through Growing Degree Day (GDD) Accumulations and the Plant Phenology Network. While many of you might be familiar with GDDs and Plant Phenology, this initial alert will serve as an introduction. It might be new-news for some, or a refresher for others. Additional BYGL Alerts will follow as we track the progression of spring, and ultimately summer, in the buckeye state.
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