Growers need to apply more integrated approaches toward insects and diseases in face of Bt resistance

In Delta Farm Press

by Brad Robb, Delta Farm Press

Mid-South cotton growers face several tough decisions for 2018 as they deal with hard-to-control diseases and the increasingly difficult problem of Bt-resistant worm pests.

Tucker Miller, president, Miller Entomological Service Inc., Drew, Ms., speaking Thursday at the National Conservation Systems Conferences in Memphis, Tn., said growers will need to look closely at varieties as well as other management options.  Continue reading

Resistant armyworm march north is mystery to NCSU specialists

By Matt Shipman, North Carolina State University

In fall 2013, Dr. Dominic Reisig got a phone call from a farmer in rural Hyde County. The farmer was growing corn, and it was literally falling apart in the field. What was going on?

Reisig, an entomologist with NC State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and its Cooperative Extension Service, is a sort of science detective who specializes in insects that pose a threat to crops. And the farmer had presented him with a mystery.

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