New App Assesses Corn Rootworm Risk

New App Assesses Corn Rootworm Risk

New tool available on iPad lets farmers assess corn rootworm pressure and provides field-specific recommendations.

Throughout the corn-growing season farmers across the Midwest will battle corn rootworms. Now there's a new tool to help combat this yield-robbing pest. Genuity has launched a free application or app available for iPad device users. It helps farmers assess their risk for corn rootworm pressure and provides field-specific recommendations for farmers.

IMPROVING ROOTWORM KNOWLEDGE: Monsanto this week announced the names of university researchers who have received grants in 2014 provided by the company's on-going program which funds university research on corn rootworm management.

This app was designed by Monsanto insect management technical development specialists, product managers and agronomists. It's the first app to provide users with valuable information related to rootworm risk and active pest management for current season. "After watching corn growers battle this damaging pest season after season, we saw a real need for this kind of app to assist farmers in making management decisions in real time," says Tom Eickhoff, agronomic systems lead for Monsanto. "In addition to proven Genuity trait performance and in-field experts, this free app is another great resource for farmers."

App allows farmers to do a field-by-field assessment
The Genuity Rootworm Manager app allows farmers to do a field-by-field assessment considering several important factors to determine the threat from corn rootworm to the crop. The Genuity Rootworm Manager app uses several crop and corn rootworm metrics to evaluate risk of plant injury from corn rootworm, including field location, pest population and previous crop and pest management history.

"This tool follows proven pest management recommendations for scouting, practicing crop rotation, using dual modes of action when planting and suggesting specific insecticides based on crop type," says Eickhoff. "Plus this app allows the user to set alerts, take custom notes, access scouting reports and share results via email." For more information visit Genuity.com/RootwormManager or iTunes App Store to download.

Here is a link to a video showing how the new rootworm app works.

Monsanto corn rootworm knowledge program announces grants
Monsanto also recently announced the six new research grant recipients of the Corn Rootworm Knowledge Research Program, which provides merit-based awards of up to $250,000 per award per year. The program, which started in early 2013 and recently was extended to 2016, provides grants of up to $250,000 per award per year for up to three years for outstanding research projects that address specific aspects of corn rootworm biology, genomics and management issues.

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"The program is extremely beneficial to the research and academic community as its goal is not to examine product-specific issues, but rather look at the broader challenges farmers face when dealing with corn rootworm," says Dr. Joseph Spencer, entomologist with the Illinois Natural History Survey, who received one of this year's grants. "I'm honored to receive this grant, which will help further my research into the behavioral, physiological and ecological factors that contribute to the western corn rootworm's adaptations to a variety of pest management strategies."

Grant program is guided by a 10-person advisory committee
The CRW Knowledge Research Program is guided by a 10-person Advisory Committee that is co-chaired by Dr. Steve Pueppke, associate vice president for research and graduate studies and AgBioResearch director at Michigan State University, and Dr. Dusty Post, Monsanto's global insect management lead. Additional committee members include experts from academia and agricultural organizations, and were selected based on their expertise in corn rootworm biology and insect management practices.

"The valuable research that is being generated through this program is continuing to improve our understanding of this challenging pest and provide economical, practical and sustainable solutions for farmers," says Post.

Research is being funded at universities through this program
The six awards granted focus on a number of items from evaluating how best to manage corn rootworm under current production practices to evaluating strategies to delay the onset of resistance evolution. The award recipients are:

Joseph Spencer, University of Illinois

Nicholas Miller, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Paul Mitchell, University of Wisconsin

Blair Siegfried, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Douglas Golick, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Mike Caprio, Mississippi State University

Christian Krupke, Purdue University

A listing of the winners and background on their projects is available on the Monsanto Corn Rootworm Knowledge Program Web page.

"The Corn Rootworm Knowledge grant has enabled field and laboratory research on western corn rootworm that would not have been possible without this support," says Aaron Gassmann, research entomologist at Iowa State University. He and Kenneth Ostlie of the University of Minnesota are two recipients of last year's grants. "Bt corn for management of western corn rootworm is a valuable tool for farmers in the Corn Belt," notes Gassmann. "Information gained through this research will help to preserve the efficacy of Bt corn for management of western corn rootworm, and will enhance the ability of farmers to effectively manage this pest."

For more information on the program and Monsanto's commitment to steward corn rootworm protected traits, visit www.Monsanto.com/CRWknowledge.

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