Agriculture and the Return of the Cicadas with Double Emergences, but Not in Rutherford County - Find Out More on Todays Podcast

Apr 18, 2024 at 09:00 am by WGNS News

In today's podcast with host Scott Walker, listeners are in for a buzzworthy discussion as Agriculture Extension Agent Mitchel Mote joins the conversation from the Lane Agri Park in Murfreesboro. With the arrival of spring, one of the most talked-about phenomena is the return of the Cicadas, and Mote sheds light on this fascinating event.

While Middle Tennessee, including Rutherford County, anticipates the emergence of a single brood of periodical Cicadas, some regions beyond the state borders are in for a truly remarkable sight. In places like Illinois, a fortunate few—or perhaps unfortunate, depending on one's perspective—will witness not just one, but two broods of these buzzing insects. A very few select parts of Illinois are slated to experience a double emergence, featuring both the 13-year and 17-year Cicadas. Again, only a small percentage will actually witness the double brood timing.

Contrary to speculation, Tennessee won't be witnessing the simultaneous emergence of both Cicada broods. Mote clarifies this misconception, providing insights into the unique patterns of Cicada emergences across different geographical areas.

Beyond the Cicada phenomenon, Mote also touches upon other agricultural matters of local interest. He highlights the upcoming May 10th opening of the Farmers Market, an eagerly anticipated event for residents keen on fresh, locally sourced produce and artisanal goods. As the agricultural landscape gears up for the spring and summer seasons, Mote offers valuable perspectives on what the community can expect in the coming months.

Tune in to today's podcast for an insightful conversation that delves into the natural rhythms of the season, the quirks of Cicada emergences, and the exciting developments in the local agricultural scene.

The Lane Agri-Park, home to the Farmers Market, is at 315 John Rice Blvd. in Murfreesboro. For more information call 615-898-7710.