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Earworms/acre from corn (or why W. Texas had fewer bollworms this year)

corn earworm

• By Pat Porter • Dr. Suhas Vyavhare and I are conducting a very detailed experiment this year on some aspects of Bt corn. Part of the experiment involves putting 120 emergence cages on the ground under corn after corn earworm larvae (cotton bollworms) have left the corn ears and entered the soil for pupation. This lets us determine the ... Read More »

Returning to farming’s roots in the battle against the ‘billion-dollar beetle’

western corn rootworm

Nicknamed the “billion-dollar beetle” for its enormous economic costs to growers in the United States each year, the western corn rootworm is one of the most devastating pests farmers face. “They are quite insidious. They’re in the soil, gnawing away at the roots and cutting off the terminal ends of the roots – the lifeblood of corn,” said Bruce Tabashnik, ... Read More »

EPA registers FMC insecticide premix

fmc logo

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently registered Elevest insecticide from FMC Corp. for use on several crops, including cotton, soybeans, sweet corn, peanut and potatoes. The product is a premix of the full rate of Rynaxypyr — the brand name for chlorantraniliprole — and a full rate of the pyrethroid, bifenthrin. Together, they offer growers fast knockdown as well as ... Read More »