One of the most effective ways to be prepared is to get in-plant protection against Western bean cutworm (WBC) with Herculex I and Herculex XTRA insect protection traits, available in Pioneer brand hybrids. according to the seed company. Fields planted with Herculex I and Herculex XTRA traits have shown to be effectively protected against WBC, which can be critical as WBC expands its reach.
"We really have seen certain insects starting to shift, and WBC is one of them," says Paula Davis, Pioneer senior marketing manager for insect and disease control traits. "This can be attributed to changing biotechnology developments, changing cropping practices and a changing environment. The key for growers is to know if there is a risk for WBC in their fields, and if so, they should monitor fields, contact their local agronomists and consider WBC-resistant hybrids."
If growers have concerns or suspect WBC infestation, they can contact their local Pioneer sales professional or agronomist for management information. Growers also can visit university monitoring Web sites for current trapping locations.
In addition, insecticide products, such as DuPontTM Asana XL, are available to assist in the fight against WBC and provide outstanding, longer lasting control, according to Pioneer. With its unique cottonseed oil formulation, Asana XL resists washoff and provides superior UV stability, even under intense sunlight.
(Source: Pioneer Hi-Bred)