CROPS NEWS
Redefine Corn Refuge
Pam Smith DTN\Progressive Farmer Crops Technology Editor
Fri Nov 2, 2012 02:13 PM CDT

Seed corn companies are sticking to their RIBs. Additional refuge-in-the-bag -- better known as RIB seed blends -- have gained clearances for 2013 planting. That's good news for growers seeking more alternatives that include the added convenience of a built-in refuge.

It turns out blends of hybrids that pair non-insect-traited refuge seed and Bt-protected corn into a single bag also appear to be a better way to delay the development of pest resistance to Bt. A three-year research project shepherded by University of Illinois entomologist Joe Spencer is shaking up some long-held general assumptions about western corn rootworm behavior.

"We ...

Quick View
  • Enlist Cotton Approved USDA has made its final decision to deregulate Dow AgroScience's Enlist cotton trait, which means...
  • Market Moves Weaning and preconditioning top the list of aggravating and expensive chores for most ranchers. C...
  • Ask The Mechanic Ask the Mechanic answers the question about how VW and German engineering was able to get by with...
  • Senior Partners - 4 Except for family sales, seller financing virtually vanished after the farm crisis of the 1980s w...
  • PNW Ag Hit by Historic Drought In addition to problems with the Northwestern wheat crop, cattle are also being adversely affecte...
  • RFS Deadline Nears With the deadline to file comments on the proposed Renewable Fuel Standard volumes to strike at m...
  • Woodbury: Farm Family Business Agendas don't always lead to immediate decisions, but can still cement your family unity.
  • Multi-Year Losses Spur Concern The recent price rally offered growers a welcome opportunity to price 2014 and 2015 crops, but it...
  • Ask the Vet The vet says my calf had Mannheimia. What is that?
Related News Stories
Cover Crops in Demand
Syngenta Rejects Takeover Bid