Fight Resistance – PLANT A REFUGE
Although B.t. insect-protection traits can help safeguard your crops from pest damage, insect resistance is a very real threat. In order for the newest traits to remain effective, Insect Resistance Management (IRM) stewardship requirements must be followed. Your Gold Country Seed® Representative is here to help you develop a refuge plan for your farm. To view the complete 2013 IRM Grower Guide as a PDF, Click Here. To view the 2013 Technology Use Guide, Click Here.
Compliance means correctly meeting all refuge requirements, which vary by product and region. Some examples are:
The sustainability of corn agricultural systems is enhanced when we follow recommended Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices:
- Employ appropriate scouting techniques and treatment decisions.
- Select insecticides that have minimal negative impact on beneficial insects; these insects are conserved by B.t.-protected crops and contribute to insect pest control.
- Select cultivars that are well adapted to your setting. Give appropriate attention to the impact of crop maturity and timing of harvest on pest severity.
- Use recommended cultural control methods to reduce pest overwintering. Destroy crop residue promptly after harvest and use other soil management practices to reduce overwintering insects.
To view the complete 2013 IRM Grower Guide as a PDF, Click Here