2012 Insect Control Review: What’s Bugging You?

When you think about it, the amazing array of crop protection options available in today’s marketplace can present a mind-boggling list of decisions. On the upside, it’s also a great opportunity to market inputs to your growers to achieve optimum yields on every acre. It’s all about helping growers make the best choices for the best outcome at the end of the growing season.

Between traited seeds, refuge-in-a-bag (RIB) products, seed treatments, insecticides and evolving pest pressures, 2012 will bring a plethora of insect management issues. Putting the pieces of the puzzle together to achieve control of yield-robbing insects allows opportunities for knowledgeable retail partners.

We’ve gathered insight from some of the best minds in the business to help you tailor advice to best serve your individual customers. Although opinions and insect pressures vary across the Midwest, there are basic principles and new approaches to help guide you down the path of a successful 2012 growing season.

Lessons Learned in 2011

“Insects always come up on top, given enough time. Knowing that, we watch the traditional row crop pests plus different emerging species,” says Dr. Wayne Bailey, associate professor, University of Missouri Division of Plant Sciences. “Stink bug is the typical threat, and we’re still working on it. That pest will become a much bigger problem as the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) population continues to grow around the country.

“It’s one of the most difficult stink bugs to control and now causing problems in the Southeast and Northeast. It invaded our continent from Southeast Asia and targets the soybean pod. BMSB also attacks a broad host range, so it will go to cotton, soybeans, corn and other crops. Although not officially in Missouri, it’s on two of our borders – southern Illinois and west of Kansas City.” Other sources report it has been identified on various crops in at least 33 states.

Bailey is not sure what pressure BMSB will cause over time. For now, he’s advising vigilant scouting. The pest has impacted fruit and some vegetable crops, and infestations have been found in sweet corn, field corn and soybeans around the country.

He suggests checking out the Pennsylvania State University Extension website: ento.psu.edu/extension/factsheets/brown-marmorated-stink-bug. Penn State researchers first identified the pest in the U.S. You’ll find photos, descriptions of the pest and learn about the damage it can cause.

Another curve ball thrown by Mother Nature in 2011 was heavy pressure from corn rootworm in the Midwest, particularly in Northern Illinois and Southeast Iowa. According to Iowa State University entomologist Aaron Gassmann and other experts, the problem is complicated by finding of suspected rootworm resistance to a Bt trait found in single-gene YieldGard corn.

Bailey also reports emerging populations of secondary pests. “Our problem is not with the traited seeds. I’m seeing more liquid insecticides going into the soil with fertilizer, higher rates and alternative strategies to target pests such as wireworms and white grubs. You can’t count on the traits to cover everything.”

At Iowa State University, Dr. Matt O’Neal and his team, including ISU plant breed Walter Fehr, are conducting research on soybean aphid control via a study called Resistance to Aphids Gene (RAG). “What we’ve learned over the past two years in that the RAG genes can slow down the amount of aphids that accumulate on the plant. Combination of the RAG 1 and 2 genes results in a soybean line where few aphids accumulate on the plant. If I were a grower, I would start asking retailers and manufacturers when the RAG genes will be available – particularly in areas where there’s been significant aphid activity that required spraying.”

O’Neal adds, “With late season aphid infestations, the trade off is whether you’re applying an insecticide with a tractor and sprayer versus aerial application. Later in the season, rolling over the beans can cause costly damage. If aphids are above threshold spray, keep in mind difficult variables such as the growth stage of the beans. Our research shows that past R5, there isn’t much benefit to spraying for soybean aphids.” To learn more, visit www.ent.iastate.edu/soybeanaphid/newsreleases.

Manufacturer Advice, Innovations

Charlie Foresman, Monsanto corn product manager, reports that in 2012 the company will launch Genuity SmartStax hybrids in the RIB Complete package in all Monsanto brands. He says, “2011 was more of a Genuity SmartStax introduction with refuge in a bag. In 2012, even more farmers will get an opportunity to experience the benefits of Genuity SmartStax RIB Complete corn technology which delivers a simplified refuge and the broadest spectrum of above and below-ground insect protection.”

In 2012 Genuity VT Double PRO RIB Complete, pending state authorizations, will provide 95% Genuity VT Double PRO and 5% non-Bt seed. It’s designed to help simplify the planting process and offer the convenience to meet refuge compliance. Benefits include broad spectrum control of major above-ground corn insect pests with tolerance to Roundup herbicides.

Foresman adds, “The Monsanto genetics from our advanced breeding program and the convenience brought forward in the past two years from refuge-in-a-bag products carry yields to the next level.”

Dow AgroSciences will launch its Refuge Advanced corn powered by SmartStax.  “It’s a single-bag solution to solve three concerns: extended durability, no separate refuge needs to hinder yield potential and meet refuge requirements to control below and above ground insects,” says Casey Onstot, Dow Traits Marketing Manager.

Dow studies show a built-in 5% refuge seed combined with 95% SmartStax seed will return approximately $13 more acre under minimal insect pressure compared to other options that require 20% refuge

Regarding the threat of invading stink bugs in soybeans, Dr. Roy Boykin, technical asset lead at Syngenta advises, “Scout early and act quickly to prevent and stop damage from the BMSB’s amazing feeding appetite.” He recommends Endigo ZC insecticide with a dual mode of action for effective control of a broad range of foliar insect pests, including stink bugs.

For corn, Craig Abell, Syngenta crop specialist, recommends Force insecticide to combat the growing corn rootworm pressure shift seen along the Iowa and Illinois corridor in 2011. Force provides stronger stands, improved yields and fully-developed roots to prevent against weather that can cause down corn. Application flexibility allows t-band or in-furrow treatments on both trait and conventional corn acres.

“For 2012, we’ll also offer Besiege, a new corn insecticide. It combines two active ingredients with distinct modes of action (diamide and pyrethroid) to provide broad spectrum control of key lepidopterans such as corn earworm and fall armyworm, plus other troublesome pests such as flea beetle, and is highly effective on species that have tolerance to other chemistries,” says Abell. Check with your local Extension experts to see if Besiege use is authorized in your state.

The Aphid Management System from Syngenta is an environmental stewardship approach designed to control soybean aphids. It includes multiple modes of action combined with NK brand soybean genetics; an aphid resistant trait; CruiserMaxx Beans insecticide/fungicide seed treatment and Endigo ZC insecticide or Warrior II with Zeon Technology insecticide treatment if aphid populations exceed economic thresholds.

“We’ve combined multiple technologies to deliver what we refer to as the first ‘in-the-bag aphid solution’,” explains Quinn Showalter, Syngenta product lead for commercial traits. “This approach is about ease, convenience and risk management. If for some reason, aphids reach threshold levels, we offer a $5 per acre warranty program to provide a foliar insecticide application of Endigo ZC or Warrior II with Zeon Technology.”

DuPont Prevathon foliar insecticide, powered by the active ingredient rynaxypr, was launched in 2011 to control the entire worm complex, including corn rootworm and Southwest European corn borer, in cotton and corn, says Lars Swanson, DuPont insect control portfolio manager. “We’ve seen great control and yield benefits. Retailers and growers can expect broader availability and supply for 2012.”

In 2012 MANA Crop Protection is introducing a new formulation of lambda-cyhalothrin called Paradigm, reports Keith Miller, insecticide and fungicide manager. “This new product strengthens our portfolio of insecticides by improving upon our already successful Silencer brand,” he says. “Paradigm comes to market as a new and highly unique formulation – which represents a significant change in product offerings within the pyrethroid market.”

According to Miller, Paradigm will provide powerful control of growers’ primary and secondary pests in a new formulation platform that reduces odor, skin sensitivity and offers a better safety profile – including reduction of the signal word ‘warning’ now to ‘caution.’”

He adds, “Seed traits deliver important pest control and have improved yields, yet they are not full proof as we see rootworm resistance develop. As a result, we are seeing more use and greater demand for granular and liquid insecticides.”

Topics:

Leave a Reply

One comment on “2012 Insect Control Review: What’s Bugging You?

  1. MY SON AND I HAVE 30 ACRES IN ORE. AND 20 IN WA. WE @THE DALLES ON ON THE COLUMBIA RIVER..WE ARE STARTING TO SEE STINK BUGS IN OUR FRUIT , NOT MANY BUT I"M SURE THEY WILL GROW. IS THE ANY INSECIDE BEING TESTED AND LABLED FOR TREE FRUITS? I WAS A PESTCIDE CON. FOR 38 YEARS, I ABOUT 20000 ACRES. RETIRED 12 YEARS AGO BUT LIKE SEE SOMETHING TO CONTRO NEW BUGS. THANK YOU

Insecticides Stories
InsecticidesHow To Scout For Corn Earworms In Corn
July 28, 2014
In her weekly report, University of Missouri Agronomy Specialist Jill Scheidt discusses what to look for when scouting for corn earworm. Read More
InsecticidesEPA Grants Besiege Insecticide Additional Approvals
June 18, 2014
EPA has granted additional registration approvals for the use of Syngenta's Besiege insecticide on sorghum, cereal grains and peanuts. Read More
InsecticidesPrevathon Insect Control Approved For Cereal Crops
January 13, 2014
DuPont's Prevathon insect control powered by Rynaxypyr has received U.S. EPA registration for use on cereal crops, including wheat, most other small grains and sorghum. Read More
InsecticidesInsecticides 2014: Insect Pressure, Solutions On The Rise
January 2, 2014
Bt resistance, weather concerns and myriad other issues have led to an increase in both traditional pest pressures as well as new pests. Read More
Top 100 Articles
Milan Kucerak, president/CEO, West Central
CropLife 100West Central Cooperative And Its New President Are A Match Made In Deviation
June 29, 2015
To appreciate just how unique West Central Cooperative is in the world of ag retail, an observer need only consider Read More
Winter Wheat
CropLife 100South Dakota Co-op Member Owners Vote No On Unification
June 26, 2015
The Boards of Directors for North Central Farmers Elevator (NCFE) and Wheat Growers (WG) have announced that member-owners have voted Read More
CropLife 100The Andersons Acquires South Dakota Plant Nutrient Manufacturer Kay-Flo
May 20, 2015
The Andersons, Inc., ranked No. 22 on the CropLife 100, has purchased Kay Flo Industries of North Sioux City, SD. “This Read More
CropLife 100North Central Farmers Elevator, Wheat Growers Unification Approved By Board, Still Awaits Member Approval
May 13, 2015
The Boards of Directors for North Central Farmers Elevator (NCFE) and Wheat Growers (WG) have voted to approve the Unification Read More
CropLife 100AgGateway’s Barcoding Initiative Progressing Nicely
May 8, 2015
According to legend (or Wikipedia), the first step towards modern bar codes came back in 1948, when Bernard Silver, a Read More
CropLife 100Pinnacle Agriculture Acquires Minnesota Retailer
April 14, 2015
Pinnacle Agriculture Holdings, LLC, ranked No. 6 on the CropLife 100,  has successfully acquired Liebl Ag, LLC in Ada, MN.  Read More
Latest News
The McGregor Co. fertilizer loadout
Retail FacilitiesThe McGregor Co. Partners With Kahler Automation To Cre…
June 30, 2015
Kahler Automation helped The McGregor Co. expand its Clarkston, WA, operation with unstaffed loadout technology that enables customers to pick Read More
Dry and Liquid Plant
Retail FacilitiesKahler Automation Helps CHS Dakota Ag Cooperative Build…
June 30, 2015
CHS Dakota Ag Cooperative in Mooreton, ND, wanted a liquid/dry blender system that could meet the needs of its customers Read More
Crop InputsLand O’Lakes, United Suppliers To Merge Crop Inpu…
June 29, 2015
Land O’Lakes, Inc. and United Suppliers, Inc. of Ames, IA, today announced their intent to merge their crop inputs businesses. Read More
FungicidesHelena To Distribute Unique Summit Agro Fungicide
June 29, 2015
RANMAN 400 SC fungicide, the only fungicide with a FRAC group 21 designation, is now part of the innovative Summit Read More
Eric SfiligojIARC Targets 2,4-D In Latest Report
June 29, 2015
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has struck again. Earlier this year in March, this agency of the Read More
Milan Kucerak, president/CEO, West Central
CropLife 100West Central Cooperative And Its New President Are A Ma…
June 29, 2015
To appreciate just how unique West Central Cooperative is in the world of ag retail, an observer need only consider Read More
EquipmentCase IH Launches New Precision Air 5 Series Carts
June 29, 2015
Case IH recently introduced its new Precision Air 5 series air carts, developed to get the most from every plant’s Read More
InsecticidesVestaron Biopesticide Approved In California
June 29, 2015
Vestaron Corporation, a developer of insect control products derived from naturally occurring peptides, today announced that its VST-006330-EP biopesticide has received Read More
InsecticidesValent’s Zeal SC Miticide Receives EPA Approval
June 29, 2015
Valent U.S.A. Corporation announced today that Zeal SC Miticide has been registered by EPA with a new liquid formulation that Read More
Retail FacilitiesUnited Prairie Increased Plant Productivity With Junge …
June 29, 2015
Since 1979, Junge Control continues to provide ag retailers with highly accurate fluid and dry ingredient measuring, mixing and tracking Read More
Winter Wheat
CropLife 100South Dakota Co-op Member Owners Vote No On Unification
June 26, 2015
The Boards of Directors for North Central Farmers Elevator (NCFE) and Wheat Growers (WG) have announced that member-owners have voted Read More
ManagementAsmark Training Center Visit & A Merger No Go
June 25, 2015
CropLife Editor Eric Sfiligoj talks about a visit to the Ford B. West Training Center and the failure of the Read More
Crop InputsWinField: Here’s What We’re Seeing So Far T…
June 25, 2015
One of the most important things you can do throughout the season to help increase yield potential is to ensure Read More
Valent, Commodity Classic 2015
Industry NewsValent Garners FFA Honor
June 23, 2015
Valent U.S.A. Corporation today announced it has been named a 5-star member of the National FFA Foundation. This includes an Read More
Nester Ag intern Brad Nester
Crop InputsOhio NRCS’ New Conservation Practice Standard For Gypsu…
June 22, 2015
Ohio farmers wishing to use gypsum to improve soil quality now have access to technical information and possible financial assistance Read More
Industry NewsWest Central Creates New Executive Team
June 22, 2015
West Central Distribution, LLC officially announced the development of an executive team comprised of Dale Engan, chief executive officer; Michael Read More
MicronutrientsVerdesian Life Sciences Invests In People, Agricultural…
June 22, 2015
In mid-February, the USDA released its new 10-year agriculture projections. While the numbers are new, the theme was consistent. The Read More
Young corn plants
Crop InputsStudy: Crop Rotation Has Positive Impact On Soil Microb…
June 22, 2015
A study authored by Michigan State University (MSU) Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences assistant professor Lisa Tiemann is Read More