Planning Ahead to Manage Corn Rootworm

first_img Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Jul 7, 2014 Planning Ahead to Manage Corn Rootworm SHARE SHARE Home News Feed Planning Ahead to Manage Corn Rootworm The best way to control future corn rootworm populations is to plan ahead – according to DuPont Pioneer entomologists. Entomologist Clint Pilcher says growers need a long-term plan to help reduce the risk of overwhelming corn rootworm populations and effectively manage the pest. Management goals should include reducing the population to maintain trait performance – according to Pilcher – instead of attempting to eradicate the pest. He suggests a set of best management practice strategies based on breaking the pest’s life cycle, managing pest populations and protecting yield potential with a hybrid including a Bt-trait. Pilcher says this allows growers to have more options available for CRW control. Growers should avoid using all CRW control options at once – according to Pilcher – and be aware of the pressure in their fields. He encourages growers to scout their continuous corn fields when silking begins and select higher-risk fields based on cropping history, trait use and planting times. Facebook Twitter Previous articleHeavy Rains Continued to Pour onto Indiana FieldsNext articlePrepare Now for a Successful Harvest Gary Truittlast_img read more