Principal Research Scientist Joseph Spencer from the University of Illinois explains the important role farmers play when it comes to stewardship practices.
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Corn rootworm is an expensive pest to corn farmers. These insects have been known to cause up to $1 billion annually in potential yield loss and control costs. Once damage has been done, there is no known remedy to the potential yield loss. Here are three things to consider when scouting this season for corn […]
The best way to assess the potential damage done to your corn roots is by performing a root dig. The amount of node damage found from the root dig can help you determine what adjustments to make to your insect management plan next season. Below is the step-by-step process of how to properly perform a […]
Planting refuge is vital to sustaining the performance of trait technology. It is important to implement an Insect Resistance Management (IRM) program including planting refuge corn acres (corn that doesn’t contain Bt traits) interspersed with or adjacent to corn acres containing Bt traits. How Refuge Works The refuge area provides a small place for insects […]
Even early in the season, weeds can impact the growth of crops. Early weed management is growing both more complicated and more imperative to protecting your yield potential. Some weeds can produce hundreds of thousands of seeds per plant, making effective, early control even more important to manage populations. The effects weeds can have on […]
SmartStax® technology contains built-in protection from both above- and below-ground insects, as well as tolerance to several herbicides. The trait technology offers farmers more options when it comes to both insect and weed control. Below-Ground Modes of Action Proteins Cry34/35Ab1 and CryBb1 in SmartStax® technology help protect against corn rootworm below ground, promoting healthier roots. […]
The scouting process is essential to understanding your crop’s needs and managing it accordingly to protect your maximum harvest potential. Beginning shortly after planting, you should look for signs of insects that can damage your seeds and seedlings. Damage may be evident above- or below-ground. The following is a list of potential pests, the soil […]
SmartStax® technology can help save you time, money and effort. On the surface, corn products without built-in insect protection may appear to be a more economical choice, at least upfront. However, when farmers consider the additional costs that may be required to maintain the same level of protection that is built into Bt-traited seed, they […]
SmartStax® technology offers peace of mind. Unforeseen circumstances can make planting late unavoidable. Late-planted corn is often more vulnerable to insect pressure as it may be more appealing to insects than corn planted earlier in the season. Also, insect pressure can sometimes build during the season, leading later-planted corn to have more insect destruction and […]
Does it make sense to switch to a non-traited seed after a successful year using SmartStax® technology?
Farmer’s can’t afford for their traits to fail. That is why farmers in corn rootworm zones choose SmartStax technology to protect corn.
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