To plan for the 2014 corn-growing season, Syngenta recommends the following strategies for corn rootworm control be discussed among farmers and their ag retailer agronomists, seed sales representative and/or their independent crop consultant in areas where corn rootworm is expected to be a problem: 

  • Take a multi-year, whole-farm approach
  • Rotate to a non-host crop, where that is an option
  • Integrate multiple measures of control
  • Use corn hybrid stacks with two corn rootworm traits
  • Apply a soil insecticide or seed treatment

“Corn rootworm has been a challenge for corn growers since the late 1950s. Corn rootworm control is not one-size-fits-all,” said Chuck Foresman, Syngenta global corn crop protection R&D lead.

“Rotation to a non-host crop is the first option for farmers seeking to break the corn rootworm cycle. Effective corn rootworm management will require a multi-year plan, incorporating the integration of multiple control measures, not merely employing a single technology. Understanding the complexity of corn rootworm will help farmers choose the right approach for their farm,” Foresman said.