The Ultimate Trait Stack for Insect Control

Farmers in some areas have been experiencing lower than expected corn rootworm (CRW) pressure this season.  It can be tempting to assume that this low pressure will continue in future seasons, but there’s no guarantee how any future season will go and it’s important to be prepared.

Historically, CRW has been the most destructive corn pest in the United States, costing farmers more than $1 billion annually in reduced grain yield and control measures.

Damage from CRW can appear in several forms, including poor ear fill, weak brace roots, lodged or fallen corn, reduced nutrient uptake and underdeveloped root systems. Once feeding has occurred, plants are left vulnerable to disease, further damaging the crop. After a corn rootworm infestation, farmers are left with fields that are tough to harvest, with low yields and reduced profits.

Golden Harvest® hybrids with Agrisure Duracade® 5222 E-Z Refuge® are the ultimate option for farmers wanting to prepare themselves for CRW, as well as other above-ground pests that the next season might bring.  This trait stack combines the Agrisure Duracade trait, offering CRW control, with the Agrisure Viptera® trait, providing comprehensive above-ground insect control, to provide comprehensive protection from 16 insects—while providing the convenience and simplicity of a 5% in-bag refuge. Additionally, Agrisure Duracade 5122 E-Z Refuge is available with two modes of action for corn rootworm control while offering a choice in a wide array of diverse high-yielding elite genetics.

Agrisure Duracade 5222 E-Z Refuge was put to the test in plots inoculated with heavy corn rootworm pressure.These roots, dug from a test plot in Princeton, IL, showcase how CRW eats into profits by damaging the root system while Agrisure Duracade works hard to protect the roots, helping the plant reach its full genetic yield potential.

Agrisure Duracade trait stacks provide season-long control, helping protect against CRW damage throughout the pest’s lifecycle by limiting beetle emergence.  The beetle stage of the CRW lifecycle, although spent above-ground, can be extremely damaging. The beetles feed on new silks, stunt pollination and have the opportunity to lay eggs, threatening future yields and profits. In a USDA study, hybrids with Agrisure Duracade trait stacks showed the lowest level of adult corn rootworm beetle emergence compared to any other current corn rootworm trait on the market1.

Through effective control of corn rootworm, Agrisure Duracade trait stacks protect your seed investment from planting to harvest, helping it reach its genetic yield potential. By planting hybrids with Agrisure Duracade trait stacks, you can rest easy knowing your fields are well equipped in their defense against corn rootworm.

To learn more about hybrids available with Agrisure Duracade trait stacks, speak with your local independent Golden Harvest Seed Advisor.

1Mortality Impact of Bt Transgenic Maize Roots Expressing eCry3.1Ab, mCry3A and eCry3.1Ab plus mCry3A on Western Corn Rootworm Larvae in the Field. Bruce E. Hibbard, Daniel L. Frank, Ryan Kurtz, Eric Boudreau, Mark R. Ellersieck, and J. Frederick Odhiambo. Journal of Economic Entomology. 2011, 104 (5). 1584-1591.

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