NEWS
Pest Alert
Emily Unglesbee DTN Staff Reporter
Wed Jun 4, 2014 05:21 PM CDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (DTN) -- Along with sunbathers and schoolchildren, the common stalk borer has been eagerly awaiting the long, warm days of summer.

As growing-degree days pile up in the Midwest, stalk borer larvae begin their annual trek from grassy birthplaces in ditches and fence rows to tunnel into young, alluring corn stalks. The injury most often associated with the pest is "dead heart" -- the result of tunneling in near the growing point while corn is in the V4-V8 stage. Most Bt hybrids only suppress this pest and growers can underestimate them as an adversary.

"About 10% of larvae ...

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
U.S. Pest Invasion
The Cost of Insect Control