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Entomologist tries to stay ahead of insect resistance to Bt corn

08/19/14

Fall armyworms and corn borers have long been a concern for Louisiana corn growers. While farmers in the U.S. have planted transgenic Bt corn varieties since the 1990s to biologically control pests, staying ahead of their ability to develop resistance is a constant battle.

Watch for mites in this dry weather

08/13/14

There is no guarantee that mites will be a problem in any particular field, but dry (low humidity) weather and drought stressed plants increase the probability of a problem occurring.

Suspected Bt corn rootworm resistance in Pennsylvania

08/13/14

For the past few years, the problem with Bt corn and resistance to western corn rootworms has remained primarily a Midwestern problem. However, suspected resistance has showed up in Pennsylvania.

Texas fall armyworms out early due to unseasonable rains (07/31/14)

Scout for western bean cutworm, western corn rootworm in Ohio (07/31/14)

Six steps to identify corn rootworm damage (07/28/14)

Rotation resistant and rotation susceptible WCR  (07/23/14)

What insects to watch for in corn, beans and wheat (07/21/14)

Corn rootworm pest management best with long-term approach (07/07/14)

Western corn rootworm beetles emerging (07/07/14)


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Afternoon Comments 08/29


An increased production forecast seemed to depressing corn futures Friday. The corn market slipped Thursday night, then moved lower in response to news that the International Grain Council had boosted its global production forecast 4.0 million tonnes to 973 million. Nearby futures also seem to fail at technical resistance. September corn ended the week 2.75 cents lower at $3.59/bushel, while December dropped 4.5 to $3.6475.
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