ST. LOUIS (DTN) -- Bt soybeans designed to put a dent in defoliating pests such as looper, podworm and velvetbean caterpillar wait in the wings for U.S. growers. The question is, can the landscape handle another Bt crop?
Entomologists from seven southern U.S. universities are evaluating whether Monsanto's second-generation, two-protein Bt-soybean product is a good fit for U.S. farmers.
Beyond looking at pest control, the studies are examining the role soybeans have been assumed to play as a "natural refuge" for Bt-cotton fields, North Carolina State University entomologist Dominic Reisig told DTN.
If, as the first year of data from ...