Beating the Billion-dollar Beetle
Jul 12, 2013
Corn rootworm is among the most devastating pests facing U.S. corn farmers, capable of robbing farmers of more than $1 billion annually.
Roots damaged by rootworms may be weakened to the extent that the plants lean over, or lodge. These lodged and misshapen plants often pollinate poorly, are difficult to harvest and contribute to significant yield losses.
Larval damage is most severe when brace roots are developing. Root tips will appear brown and are often tunneled into and chewed back to the base of the plant.
Corn hybrids differ in their ability to tolerate rootworm injury and other environmental stresses.
The Agrisure Duracade trait expresses a new protein that binds differently in the gut of the corn rootworm, providing an entirely new mode of action for unmatched corn rootworm control. The Agrisure Duracade trait will be available for the 2014 growing season as a new tool to manage corn rootworm and help preserve the viability of trait technologies.
To learn about how you can effectively control corn rootworm and grow more corn, contact your local seed advisor or retailer, or go to www.AgrisureTraits.com.
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