Corn Belt: Rootworm Populations on the Rise with Heavy Bt Resistance – DTN Oct 15, 2020

🕔Oct 15, 2020
After several years of low corn rootworm populations, the “billion-dollar bug” is catching eyes again in the Corn Belt. Populations of both western and northern corn rootworm are rebounding after […]

Bt Corn: Tighter EPA Regulations Are Pending Sep 11, 2020

🕔Sep 11, 2020
This week the EPA released a draft plan that essentially overhauls many of the regulations around insect resistance management (IRM) in Bt crops grown in the “cotton belt”. There are […]

Western Corn Rootworm – Bt Resistance Growing, Still Waiting on New Varieties – DTN Mar 20, 2020

🕔Mar 20, 2020
For more than two decades, Joe Spencer has spent many a summer evening standing atop 30-foot-tall towers above corn fields, trying to catch adult Western corn rootworm beetles as they […]

Minnesota Corn: European Corn Borer – Implications of Reducing Bt Acres Nov 26, 2019

🕔Nov 26, 2019
The economics of 2019-2020 corn production has challenged many farmers to minimize production costs. Hybrid selection is one way to reduce costs. Planting corn hybrids without Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) proteins […]

Texas Cotton, Corn: Bollworms, Bt Resistance, and Field Scouting Aug 27, 2019

🕔Aug 27, 2019
Transgenic crops are an ever-evolving technology dealing with pests in the corn, cotton and sorghum fields in Hale and Swisher counties of Texas. Farmers began relying upon these technologies in […]

Michigan Corn: Identifying Late-Season Caterpillars Feeding Aug 16, 2019

🕔Aug 16, 2019
In the last two weeks, I’ve had many calls, texts and pictures of caterpillars in corn ears (hey, at least some fields have ears). It is important to correctly identify […]

Bt Resistant Corn Borer on the Rise, Single Trait Hybrids at Risk – DTN May 17, 2019

🕔May 17, 2019
Scientists have found populations of European corn borer in Canada that are fully resistant to the Bt trait Cry1F, sold under the brand name Herculex I. So far, the discoveries […]

Texas: Bollworm Resistance to Bt Crops – What to Do? Mar 19, 2019

🕔Mar 19, 2019
Cotton and corn are major cash crops in Texas with a market value of over 3 million dollars combined in 2016. With this much money at stake, producers are looking […]

Arkansas: Conventional Corn Resurgence; Bt Cotton and Bollworms Feb 15, 2019

🕔Feb 15, 2019
Beyond the perennial threats of pigweed and plant bugs, many Arkansas growers may face new twists on old adversaries in 2019. Non-GMO corn and borers As conventional corn acres in […]

Texas: Concho Valley Cotton Conference, Growers Association Meeting, San Angelo, Feb. 26 Feb 12, 2019

🕔Feb 12, 2019
The 2019 Concho Valley Cotton Conference and the Southern Rolling Plains Cotton Growers Association annual meeting will be held Feb. 26 at McNease Convention Center, 501 Rio Concho Drive, San […]

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