Study Finds Many Bt Corn Growers Aren’t Planting Refuge Crops

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By Josh Lancette A new study from North Carolina found that corn growers in the state are not planting as much refuge crop as needed, potentially leading to increased insect resistance to Bt corn. Published in March in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management, the study also found that current methods for extension professionals to […]

Bt-resistant Insects not Likely to Be a Problem for Maize Farmers

Dominic Reisig, an entomologist at North Carolina State University, received a phone call in 2013 from a farmer who was having trouble with fall armyworms (Spodoptera frugiperda), an insect pest that costs farmers in the southeastern United States tens of millions of dollars each year. This seemed odd because the farmer had planted Bt corn, […]

Dominic Reisig’s Recap of the Entomology 2013 Meeting in Austin

By Dominic Reisig I just returned late Wednesday night from the 2013 Entomological Society of America Meeting in Austin, Texas. These meetings are important for us to attend as scientists because they provide a platform for information exchange. As one seasoned county agent recently told me, there is no substitute for face-to-face contact. This meeting […]