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Insecticide Efficacy Shown in Roots
Emily Unglesbee DTN Staff Reporter
Tue Apr 29, 2014 07:26 AM CDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (DTN) -- After nearly a decade of relying on Bt-corn hybrids to control rootworm populations, many growers in the heart of the Corn Belt are returning to the use of planting time soil insecticides. Entomologists want to make sure they do it right.

"Some farmers -- particularly younger farmers -- may not have experience with soil insecticides at all," University of Nebraska entomologist Bob Wright told DTN.

Knowing how insecticides work, picking the right product for your fields, and learning how to evaluate the product's performance are essential to using insecticides successfully, Wright said.

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