- Is there heavy rootworm pressure?
- Do I need to manage insects with multiple modes of action?
- Is there heavy white grub pressure?
- Are past wireworm pressures a concern?
- Is there potential for early-season weed competition? (Pest population growth accelerates in early weed cover.)
- Is there a history of grape colaspis?
- Do I plan to plant early?
- Are cutworms a threat?
Photo: Roots of corn rootworm-traited corn plants, treated with
soil-applied insetcide (left) compared to untreated (right).
Answering “yes” to one or more of these questions indicates that you should seriously consider adding a soil-applied insecticide to your insect management program to maximize yield potential.
Caydee Savinelli is a technical brand manager for insecticides, responsible for several active ingredients developed and marketed by Syngenta Crop Protection. She has focused on insect control throughout her career with Syngenta and legacy companies. Caydee holds a doctorate in entomology from North Carolina State University.