Monsanto reminds growers that a comprehensive integrated pest management approach is key to maximizing yield potential – especially in corn-on-corn environments. Monsanto Corn Insect Traits Manager Luke Samuel says integrated pest management is about taking a comprehensive look at how yield-robbing pests are managed in the field. He says measuring insect pressure helps growers think forward – making more informed pest management decisions for the following year about their seed choice and agronomic practices. Monsanto says the Insect Forecast Tool can help farmers understand their current pest pressure and make more accurate predictions for the following year. At www dot insectforecast dot com (www.InsectForecast.com) – farmers can learn when corn rootworm larvae are hatching and track the migration and moth flights of corn earworm and western bean cutworm throughout the growing season.
Samuel says this tool is simple and effective. He notes scouting and understanding pest pressure is critical to maximizing yield potential. With the Insect Forecast tool – farmers can conveniently understand the insect pressure in their areas and determine when to scout their fields. Scouting this year can help maximize yield potential in next year’s crop – Samuel says – as farmers need to have a solid understand of the level of pressure and type of pests they are dealing with in order to choose the best corn traits to address those challenges.
Farmers in the Corn Belt can sign up to receive email alerts from now through September to learn when these insects pose a risk in their area. More than five-thousand farmers took advantage of the website in 2012 to identify when damage might occur to their corn crop and to make vital decisions for the following year.
The Insect Forecast Tool was developed by climatologist and meteorologist Mike Sandstrom. It analyzes moth trapping data and weather patterns to issue one, two and three-to-five day forecasts for corn earworm and western bean cutworm. The corn rootworm hatch is updated weekly and is based on soil temperature and Growing Degree Days across the Corn Belt. The Insect Forecast tool is being sponsored for the fourth year by Monsanto and offered to farmers by its Genuity® brand.