Degree Day Calculator

Use the reference sheet to the right and the degree day calculator tool below it to compute degree days for a particular pest model.

Degree Day Calculator


Degree days totalize the amount of heat available above a threshold temperature since a given day. The number of degree days accumulated over some period of time is often related to the phenological development of plants and insects, and so can be used to estimate when pests will be at a life stage vulnerable to control. The base, or lower threshold temperature is that below which the organism does not grow or develop. The cap, or upper threshold is the maximum temperature at which organismal development occurs. Some specific examples can be found at our European Corn Borer and Alfalfa weevil web pages.

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Note: These parameters are usually specific for a particular crop and pest. Make sure you are using the right ones for your particular situation. Some values for common pests in our area are listed below.

Pest Method Base
Temp
Upper
Temp
Biofix
Apple Scab Simple 32F None Bud break
Alfalfa Weevil (More info) Sine 48F 86F January 1
Black Cutworm Sine 50.7F 86.0F
Cabbage Maggot Simple 43F None January 1
Colorado Potato Beetle Simple 52F None When eggs are first scouted
Common Asparagus Beetle Simple 50F None January 1
Corn plant development (More info) Modified 50F 86F Emergence
Corn Rootworm Adults Simple 50F None January 1
Cranberry plant development Modified 45F 86F Ice off
European Corn Borer (More info)
(Sweet corn, Field corn)
Modified 50F 86F January 1
Seedcorn Maggot (More info) Sine 39F 84F January 1
Flea beetles
(Beet, Cole crops, Potato)
Simple 50F None January 1
Imported Cabbageworm Simple 50F None January 1
Onion Maggot Simple 40F None January 1
Oak Wilt Sine 41F None January 1
Squash Vine Borer Simple 50F None January 1
Stalk Borer (More info)
(Sweet Corn, Field Corn, Potato, Snap Bean)
Sine 41F 86F January 1
Tree and shrub pests Modified 50F 86F January 1
Western Bean Cutworm (More info) Simple 50F None May 1


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