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Sean Evans, Monsanto Technology Development Representative for Insect Management, hosted an agAcademy in Rochelle, Illinois to provide growers with best management practices and guidance on how to manage corn rootworm. A key first step is planting a corn seed with dual modes of action for above- and below-ground insect protection, such as DEKALB® brand Genuity® SmartStax® RIB Complete® corn blend. In addition to planting the best seed, growers also need to understand alternative best management practices when controlling corn rootworm populations, especially within continuous corn environments.
“We need to implement a suite of best management practices to manage that population. We have a lot of data that supports that where we have unexpected damage the previous year, that our strategies we employ can make the grower successful. Those include utilization of a trait package that employs multiple modes of action like Genuity SmartStax, or, if a grower is going to utilize products with a single mode of action, they need to incorporate a soil applied insecticide with that product,” Evans said.
Corn rootworm continues to be a problem for many corn growers. When managing high populations of corn rootworm, crop rotation may be the best solution to mitigate the harmful effects of these insects. For more tips on managing corn rootworm, please refer to the video below.
Monsanto Company is a member of Excellence Through Stewardship® (ETS). Monsanto products are commercialized in accordance with ETS Product Launch Stewardship Guidance, and in compliance with Monsanto’s Policy for Commercialization of Biotechnology-Derived Plant Products in Commodity Crops. This product has been approved for import into key export markets with functioning regulatory systems. Any crop or material produced from this product can only be exported to, or used, processed or sold in countries where all necessary regulatory approvals have been granted. It is a violation of national and international law to move material containing biotech traits across boundaries into nations where import is not permitted. Growers should talk to their grain handler or product purchaser to confirm their buying position for this product. Excellence Through Stewardship® is a registered trademark of Biotechnology Industry Organization.
B.t. products may not yet be registered in all states. Check with your Monsanto representative for the registration status in your state.
IMPORTANT IRM INFORMATION: Genuity® RIB Complete® corn blend products do not require the planting of a structured refuge exceptin the Cotton-Growing Area where corn earworm is a significant pest. Genuity® SmartStax® RIB Complete® corn is a blended seed corn product. See the IRM/Grower Guide for additional information. Always read and follow IRM requirements.
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