Saturday, August 20, 2011


When it comes to insects, Canadian Border Services are no help.  Bug trade with the US only goes one way, north.  Last month I showed pictures from some western bean cutworm traps.  There were significant adult moth flights through areas of the province, as demonstrated by this trap at Dresden.

The offspring of this flying menace are starting to show up.  The following two pictures came from a corn plot near Dashwood, courtesy Blair Freeman, Pioneer Area Agronomist.

Our local trap has not produced high adult counts, but these devils can make turn an ear of corn into a mess.  Any hybrid using only the  Monsanto YieldGard gene for insect protection is at risk.  Herculex hybrids offer significantly better protection against western bean cutworm.
One more reason to keep Pioneer hybrids in your line-up.

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