The Cost of Insect Control
Emily Unglesbee DTN Staff Reporter
Fri Jan 16, 2015 07:30 AM CST

MT. VERNON, Ill. (DTN) -- If they weren't hibernating, the insects of Illinois would have been pleased to hear University of Illinois entomologist Mike Gray urging local growers to reel in their insect management costs in 2015.

In light of narrowing profit margins, growers should scrutinize insect control measures such as Bt corn hybrids, treated soybean seed, and routine insecticide passes, Gray told a crowd of southern Illinois producers at a Corn and Soybean Classics presentation on Jan. 14.

"I'd like you to think through very carefully some of your insect management input decisions," he said. "Are your Bt seeds ...

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