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Why you should plant non-Bt corn as resistance insurance

corn earworm

• By Dominic Reisig • All growers who plant Bt corn in North Carolina are required by law to plant non-Bt corn (refuge). Details are specified on the bag tag, but non-Bt corn must represent at least 20% of the total corn acres, including both Bt and non-Bt corn. Even if refuge-in-a-bag (RIB) hybrids are planted, North Carolina growers must ... Read More »

How to scout and manage stink bugs in pre-tassel corn

primary ear shoot

• By Dominic Reisig • With corn shooting up, some fields are not too far away from tasseling. It is critical to scout all corn when the primary ear is growing and to protect it during the two weeks prior to tasseling. This recent blog post details important changes to the threshold that were made this year and provides guidance ... Read More »

Virginia, North Carolina change stink bug thresholds for corn

brown stink bug

• By Dominic Reisig • The threshold for stink bugs in corn is changing based on recent research conducted in both North Carolina and Virginia. These studies indicated that, while seedling thresholds were effective, there was evidence that the pre-tasseling and early reproductive stages threshold should be lowered. We also shortened the period that stink bugs needed to be controlled ... Read More »

Scout seedling corn for stink bugs

stink bugs in corn

• By Dominic Reisig • A lot of folks have noticed more stink bugs than normal for this time of year. The most common question is what does that mean for the rest of the season? Unfortunately, I can’t answer that question because stink bugs we see now are the overwintering generation that will reproduce in May. This generation developed ... Read More »

Bumper corn crop predicted for 2020

corn harvest

Given increased acres and a return to trend yields, agricultural economists say the corn outlook for 2020 is for a potential bumper crop that could drive down market prices while creating huge stockpiles that could take years to reduce. This could create headaches for many. But about 200 farmers who attended Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service’s 2019 State Corn and ... Read More »