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Is the Bt trait less effective for corn earworms?

A new study from North Carolina State University and Clemson University finds that the toxin in a widely used genetically modified (GM) crop is having little impact on the crop pest called corn earworm (Helicoverpa zea) – which is consistent with predictions made almost 20 years ago that had been largely ignored.

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Black cutworm scouting 2015

The black cutworm (BCW) is a migratory pest that cuts corn seedlings and feeds on leaf tissue. Scouting for BCW larvae helps to determine if an insecticide application will be cost effective. When to scout for BCW caterpillars is based on the peak flight of moths and accumulating degree days after the peak flight.

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Effect of standing water and saturated soils on corn growth and yield

Where there has been standing water or saturated conditions in areas of a field for a couple straight days or more, producers may wonder if this will have any effect on corn, either now or as the season goes along.

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Anticipating changes in corn and soybean acreage estimates

With a favorable planting and early growing season, attention in the corn and soybean markets is shifting towards acreage considerations. The USDA's survey for the March 31, 2015 Prospective Plantings report revealed producer intentions to plant 89.199 million acres of corn in 2015, 1.398 million fewer acres than planted in 2014. Soybean intentions were reported at 84.635 million acres, 934,000 more than planted last year.

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