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Western Corn Rootworm Resistance to Final Bt Trait Confirmed

November 7, 2018

Corteva Agriscience recently confirmed resistance to the Cry34/35Ab1 Bt protein in Delaware County. 

Three of four Bt traits targeting corn rootworm (Cry3Bb1/Yieldguard rootworm; mCry3A/Agrisure RW; and eCry3.1Ab + mCry3A/Agrisure Duracade) are not reliable for rootworm control due to widespread resistance. Due to a reduction in effectiveness of the Cry3 proteins, farmers have come to rely upon Cry34/35Ab1 for rootworm protection, placing significant selection pressure on this trait.

Set goals, work to achieve them

March 27, 2019

Larry leads the Iowa Pest Resistance Management Program in Harrison County, which focuses on pest resistance.

“We’ve had the privilege of working with Larry on creation, development and implementation of the Iowa Pest Resistance Management Program for the past four years. Larry has been a leader in the Iowa program from its inception in 2015,” says Evan Sivesind, program manager at ISU. 

Tackling pest resistance in Iowa

January 17, 2020

Resistance to pesticides, genetic traits and other control practices continues to show up in weeds, insects and disease pathogens in Iowa. If this problem isn’t addressed, crop yields will decrease, or crop production costs will increase — or both. Iowa has taken the lead on the issue by creating and implementing the Iowa Pest Resistance Management Program. 

Community Collaboration--Why Pest Resistance Management must Involve Group Action

April 8, 2020

By Paul Lasley, Iowa State University Sociologist

In my last editorial I argued that group action is required if we are to effectively manage field crop pests by concluding, “Some things are too big for anyone to accomplish alone and too important not to try to do together.”  

There is little doubt that productivity gains in corn and soybeans can be attributed, in part, to better pest management, which often relies upon herbicides and insecticides. However these pesticides are becoming less effective.

The National Corn Growers Association issues a call for pre-proposals addressing innovative solutions to weed management

May 11, 2021

The National Corn Growers Association recently issued a call for pre-proposals addressing innovative solutions to weed management.  Potential concepts include automation in weed control, targeted herbicide application technology; targeted tillage; and harvest technologies to reduce the weed seed bank.  Pre-proposals are due June 2, 2021. 

More information can be found in the here

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