ROOTWORM RISKS ARE LOWER… DO I STILL NEED PROTECTION?
A survey conducted in Illinois earlier this summer found lower numbers of corn rootworm beetles than usual, so risks were projected to be lower for 2016. However, later this season field reps are reporting observations of greater than expected numbers of beetles in Illinois. Dr. Michael Gray explains in this article that this enforces the importance of taking proper precautions. Follow best management practices - like planting corn with multiple modes of action against rootworm (such as SmartStax® corn), and scouting your fields early and often. Do not assume your risks are low until you can confirm it in each of your fields.
SMALL ENEMY. BIG PROBLEM.
Corn rootworm damage causes over $1 billion in lost revenue annually. Corn rootworm larvae are often one fourth to half an inch long and they live underground.
So how can you tell if they're in your field?
BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES FOR CORN ROOTWORM
Don’t leave the foundation of your yield defenseless against corn rootworm.
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