Rootworms Ramp Up
Emily Unglesbee DTN Staff Reporter
Fri Aug 8, 2014 05:38 PM CDT

ST. LOUIS (DTN) -- David Brown's cornfields are getting a little crowded this summer. "We're seeing heavy rootworm infestations," the Warrensburg, Ill., farmer told DTN. Brown hopes to head into his fields next week for another round of root digging, but already, the need for changes to his management strategy are clear, he said.

Brown is counting on adding soil insecticides to his single Bt-trait corn hybrids next year and said he would consider moving more acres into pyramided hybrids, which contain more than one Bt-protein to protect against corn rootworm. "We'll do what we need to do to make ...

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