GMO Corn Keeps Pests From Its Unmodified Neighbors, Study Finds

🕔Mar 14, 2018Field corn, genetically modified to produce a toxin that kills its most persistent pest, also benefits nearby, unmodified crops vulnerable to the same pest, according to a study published today […]

Illinois Corn: Managing Corn Rootworm Populations in 2018

🕔Mar 9, 2018Rootworm management is a yearly consideration for most corn producers in central and northern Illinois. Western corn rootworm is the primary pest species throughout most of the state, but areas […]

U.S. Corn BT Trait Table Updated for 2018

🕔Feb 6, 2018The Handy Bt Trait Table was updated in January 2018. The authors include Chris DiFonzo, Michigan State University, Pat Porter, Texas A&M University, and Kelley Tilmon, The Ohio State University. It list […]

Southern Corn: Protect Bt Corn – Plant a Refuge if You’re Also Growing Cotton

🕔Jan 10, 2018Southern corn growers will pull their planters out of the shed and into the field in only a few short weeks. Bt corn will be planted on millions of acres […]

Minnesota Corn: Skip Bt Traits? Weigh European Corn Borer Options

🕔Jan 4, 2018The economics of 2018 corn production challenge many farmers with minimizing losses per acre. One area some farmers have targeted for reducing costs is hybrid selection. Planting corn hybrids without Bacillus […]

Corn: Handy Bt Trait Table for Updated for 2018

🕔Dec 14, 2017I made some major changes to the Handy Bt Trait Table updated for 2018. To improve readability, trait packages are now alphabetized instead of grouped by seed company. Also, letter abbreviations […]

Texas: Bt Corn Update, and New Bt Trait Table Published

🕔Dec 11, 2017As final seed purchases are being made in the Texas Panhandle, here is a brief update on the status of Bt corn. But before your eyes glaze over from the […]

Texas Corn, Cotton: Southern Bt Crops – Getting Boxed In

🕔Oct 27, 2017Insects have developed resistance to the older Bt toxins in cotton and corn on a local or regional scale. A quick look at the situation in the southern U.S.A. finds […]

Nebraska: Buying Seed for 2018 – Which Bt Traits Do You Really Need?

🕔Oct 17, 2017When it comes to buying corn seed, one way to save money is to ensure you are not investing in GMO insect protection traits you do not need for your […]

Pest Resistance to Biotech Crops Is Surging, According to New Research

🕔Oct 13, 2017In 2016, farmers worldwide planted more than 240 million acres (98 million hectares) of genetically modified corn, cotton and soybeans that produce insect-killing proteins from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis, or […]

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