Monitor Corn Rootworm Hatch With Insect Forecast Tool

Corn Rootworm LarvaeOver the past two seasons, growers across the Corn Belt have participated in an online, early warning system tool to monitor above ground pests that could threaten their corn yields.

For 2012, this sophisticated program, known as the Insect Forecast tool, has been enhanced to track another economically damaging pest – corn rootworm – as well as to offer users expanded online and mobile access.

Matt Kirkpatrick, Monsanto corn traits marketing manager, says growers can now log onto the site to learn when corn rootworm larvae are hatching in their area, allowing for better timing to scout their fields for potential root damage. The corn rootworm hatch varies by geography, but typically occurs from early- to mid-June in the Corn Belt and often coincides with the first appearance of lightening bugs.

“The Insect Forecast tool this season will also continue to track the migration of two damaging above ground insects – corn earworm and western bean cutworm – that can significantly reduce yield by feeding on corn ears,” Kirkpatrick says. “Just three damaged kernels per ear can translate into a loss of one bushel-per-acre.”

Kirkpatrick adds that greater awareness about the annual corn rootworm hatch and migration patterns of corn earworm and western bean cutworm moths can help growers minimize their impact. “This tool can help farmers make strategic decisions about better timing for pesticide applications. It can also help growers in choosing the right traited corn hybrids to meet their specific needs, such as those containing Monsanto’s Genuity corn traits which protect against insect damage and protect yields.”

Growers in the Corn Belt can sign up on the site to receive e-mail alerts from May through September to learn when these insects pose a risk in their areas. In 2011, more than 3,000 growers visited the Insect Forecast site, resulting in about 5,600 total site visits throughout the growing season.

Developed by climatologist and meteorologist Mike Sandstrom, the Insect Forecast tool analyzes moth trapping data and weather patterns to issue one, two and three-to-five day forecasts for corn earworm and western bean cutworm.  The corn rootworm hatch is updated weekly and is based on soil temperature and Growing Degree Days, which is a measure of heat accumulation determined by local temperatures.

The Insect Forecast tool is being sponsored for the third year by Monsanto and offered to farmers by its Genuity brand.

Other enhancements for 2012 include:

  • The Genuity and DeKalb brand websites will receive Insect Forecast feeds at www.genuity.com and www.asgrowanddekalb.com.
  • Forecast information will also be sent to the Genuity and DeKalb mobile web sites.
  • Farmers can also sign up for text alerts from DeKalb.

The Genuity family of corn traits available to farmers in the Corn Belt includes Genuity SmartStax RIB Complete corn blend with multiple modes of action for protecting against above and below ground insects, including full-season corn rootworm control for corn-on-corn acres and other areas of high corn rootworm pressure; Genuity VT Double PRO RIB Complete corn blend with dual modes of action for above ground insect control, including maximum corn earworm protection; and Genuity VT Triple PRO, with dual modes of action for above ground insects and a single mode of action for below ground insect protection in areas that experience light to moderate corn rootworm pressure.

Both Genuity SmartStax RIB Complete and Genuity VT Double PRO RIB Complete also offer the simplicity and convenience of a single bag option for refuge management.

Genuity VT Triple PRO is also offered in the Cotton-Growing Area, as is Genuity VT Double PRO but not as a refuge-in-the-bag product.

For more information on Genuity corn traits, farmers can contact their seed representative or visit the website.

Leave a Reply

Insecticides Stories

Crop InputsBayer: 5 Reasons We Disagree With Maryland Neonic Ban
April 12, 2016
We’re disappointed that the Maryland legislature chose not to stand up for sound science and the rights of Maryland’s homeowners Read More
Corn Earworm
FungicidesInsects And Diseases In 2016: Early Planting, More Stress
April 4, 2016
First, the good news: If we consider all the issues growers and retailers are facing right now — low commodity Read More
Crop InputsBayer: The Science Is On Our Side In Belt Insecticide Battle
April 1, 2016
You may have seen some media stories about Bayer’s current disagreement with EPA over registrations for our pesticide flubendiamide, marketed Read More
InsecticidesEPA Moves To Cancel The Insecticide Flubendiamide
March 7, 2016
The U.S. EPA is issuing a notice of intent to cancel all Bayer CropScience, LP and Nichino America, Inc., flubendiamide Read More
Trending Articles
Eric SfiligojPity The Monsanto Haters
May 23, 2016
An old saying goes thus: “Be careful what you wish for. You just might get it.” Given current events, there Read More
Monsanto Luling Plant
Crop InputsReport: Bayer Eyeing Monsanto For Possible Mega-Merger
May 16, 2016
Bayer AG is exploring a potential bid for U.S. competitor Monsanto Co. in a deal that would create the world’s Read More
Aerial Drone
Precision AgA Deeper Dive Into The Future Of Precision Ag
May 9, 2016
For about two decades now, through the good and the bad times, the ups and the downs inherent in agriculture, Read More
Palmer amaranth in soybean stubble
HerbicidesWSSA: Billions In Potential Economic Losses From Uncontrolled Weeds
May 4, 2016
What losses would corn and soybean growers experience if they were forced to eliminate herbicides and other control techniques from Read More
Eric SfiligojReasons For Hope In Commodity Prices
May 2, 2016
For many months now, the doomsayers have ruled the day in agriculture. Too much supply with too little demand would Read More
Eric SfiligojMissing The Family Ties In Agriculture
April 25, 2016
By its nature, the agriculture market is cyclical. Up and down cycles come and go with a regular pattern. For Read More
Latest News
ManagementWashington Visit and Bayer/Monsanto Deal Update
May 26, 2016
Editors Paul Schrimpf and Eric Sfiligoj discusses a recent trip to DC and the latest news on the proposed pairing Read More
Fertilizer closeup in hand
Industry NewsVerdesian: Striking A Balance Between Yield & ROI
May 26, 2016
Finely tuned nutrient management plans are helping farmers throughout the U.S. improve nutrient use efficiency, increase return on investment (ROI) Read More
Crop InputsLand O’Lakes Announces Minnesota Water Quality Pa…
May 25, 2016
Governor Mark Dayton and Land O’Lakes, Inc. President and CEO Chris Policinski today announced a new public-private partnership to protect Read More
Soybean Plant closeup
Industry NewsMonsanto Rejects Bayer Bid; Open To More Talks
May 25, 2016
Monsanto Co, the world’s largest seed company, turned down Bayer AG’s $62 billion acquisition bid as “incomplete and financially inadequate” Read More
Corn close up
Crop InputsArysta LifeScience Establishes Global Headquarters In R…
May 25, 2016
Arysta LifeScience has announced plans to relocate its global headquarters from West Palm Beach, FL, to Cary, NC, over the Read More
fertilizer blending and storage, Top 100
BlendersCHS Dakota Expansion Features AGCO’s GSI InterSys…
May 25, 2016
The continued growth of precision agriculture has increased farmer use of customized fertilizer blends best-suited for their soil conditions. Several Read More
ManagementAgriculture 3.5: A Bumpy Road Ahead
May 24, 2016
You may have read my article a few years ago on Agriculture 3.0, which is a term I coined to Read More
Topcon’s X30 display with CropSpec sensors
EquipmentGPS Autosteer Systems: Product Updates From Precision A…
May 24, 2016
Throughout 2015 GPS Steering solutions continued to evolve from what was once an after-market add on, to today’s cab where Read More
Trimble TMX-2050 In-Cab Display
Eric SfiligojThe Precision Ag Revolution Continues
May 24, 2016
It’s funny how much “the first time” tends to mean to someone as they get older. I sometimes can’t recall Read More
Eric Wintemute, AMVAC
Precision AgAMVAC Ups The Ante With New Precision Ag Technology
May 24, 2016
A potentially industry-changing at-plant soil treatment system from American Vanguard Corp., or AMVAC, is coming soon to large growers in Read More
Dry and Liquid Plant
CropLife 100CropLife 100 Map
May 24, 2016
The new CropLife 100 map shows the locations of each of the headquarters of the 2015 CropLife 100 retailers. The interactive Read More
Southern States Cooperative
Corn Field
Industry NewsTiger-Sul Names Veteran Account Manager To Lead Central…
May 23, 2016
With the continuing growth of the sulphur bentonite and precision crop nutrient industry, global agriculture firm H.J. Baker has announced that Read More
Bayer sign
Industry NewsReuters: Bayer Defies Critics With $62 Billion Monsanto…
May 23, 2016
German drugs and crop chemicals group Bayer has offered to buy U.S. seeds company Monsanto for $62 billion in cash, Read More
Eric SfiligojPity The Monsanto Haters
May 23, 2016
An old saying goes thus: “Be careful what you wish for. You just might get it.” Given current events, there Read More
Industry NewsCompass Minerals Hires Industry Veteran To Lead Plant N…
May 19, 2016
Compass Minerals has hired plant nutrition industry veteran Vatren Jurin to steer the company’s portfolio expansion into specialty liquid micronutrient Read More
ASMARK Retailers LIVE! Tour 2016 Group shot The Andersons
CropLife 100The Andersons Rejects Unsolicited Proposal From HC2
May 19, 2016
The Andersons, Inc. has announced that its Board of Directors has rejected two non-binding, highly conditional, unsolicited proposals from HC2 Read More
glyphosate
Crop InputsWHO: Glyphosate ‘Unlikely’ To Cause Cancer
May 16, 2016
Via Reuters.com reporter Kate Kelland: The weed-killing pesticide glyphosate, made by Monsanto and widely used in agriculture and by gardeners, Read More