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The Ultimate Trait Stack for Insect Control

Categories: GROWING, CORN

Depending on your area, you may have experienced higher or lower than expected corn rootworm (CRW) pressure this season. There's no guarantee how any future season will go, but it's tempting to assume this year's level of field pressure will stay the same next season. Regardless, it's important to be prepared.

Historically, CRW has been the most destructive corn pest in the U.S., 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 CRW 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 in the year ahead, as well as other above-ground pests 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 from 13 insects—while providing the convenience and simplicity of a 5% in-bag refuge. Both the Agrisure Duracade 5222 E-Z Refuge and Agrisure Duracade 5122 E-Z Refuge trait stacks are available with 2 modes of action for CRW 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 CRW 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 CRW beetle emergence compared to any other current CRW trait on the market1.

Through effective CRW control, 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 CRW.

To learn more about hybrids available with Agrisure Duracade trait stacks, speak with your 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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