NEWS
Chasing Rootworms
Emily Unglesbee DTN Staff Reporter
Fri Aug 22, 2014 11:45 AM CDT

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (DTN) -- Perched on a yellow scaffolding tower 30 feet in the air, Joe Spencer cuts a striking figure. With a butterfly net in hand and a safari hat on his head, Spencer squints into the hazy, hot August sun high above a cornfield in central Illinois.

Trucks have ground to a halt on a nearby road in the past, as baffled farmers watched the University of Illinois entomologist, his graduate student Sarah Hughson, and student workers lunge to and fro with their giant nets, swiping rootworm beetles out of the air into the late evening hours.

Unbeknownst ...

Quick View
  • Crop Tech Corner Researchers have developed GE wheat that yields far better under hot conditions, a wheat gene is ...
  • The Attraction of Youth Combine genotyping with a yearling bull, or even a weanling, and you're less likely to make a poo...
  • Kubota Steps Up A new mid-range, high-horsepower M7 tractor moves this company into the row-crop arena.
  • Fines for Fringe Benefits A little-noticed rule in the Affordable Care Act could impose huge penalties on small business. I...
  • Clean Water Goes a Long Way Cleaning up 900 feet of a small creek in Kentucky brings rebirth to water once choked with sedime...
  • Beef Checkoff Effort Resumes Members of the eight organizations comprising the Beef Checkoff Enhancement Working Group were se...
  • Ag and Environment Outlook Agriculture continues to watch how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency implements the propos...
  • Surgery on Plastics Dharma Kodali's goal is to insert soybean oil in the basic ingredient list for PVC plastics.
  • Ask the Vet How should I treat a cow with a swelling on her flank?
Related News Stories
Ethanol Outlook
Walk Your Wheat Fields