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Key corn pests to watch for in 2016

May 6, 2016

It’s the time of year when corn growers should start scouting their fields for insects and diseases. This season, what pest pressures will come into play? Which insecticides and fungicides will hold up to those pressures best?

Common early-season insects that growers deal with each season include cutworms, corn stalk borers white grub and armyworms, among others. These insects can impede early crop growth setting the stage for a less productive crop. According to South Dakota State University Extension, a proactive plan is key to controlling early-season insects. Be sure to:

  • Review last year’s scouting records
  • Scout early spring for insects
  • Follow weather and environmental conditions

To control early-season insects, Syngenta offers Warrior II with Zeon Technology® insecticide to deliver consistently reliable performance, modern formulation technology, and fast knockdown/residual control of the most damaging insects. Syngenta also offers Endigo® ZC insecticide for quick knockdown and extended residual control of key foliar insect pests, resulting in higher potential yield.

Insects can increase a corn plant’s susceptibility to disease. Syngenta recommends utilizing fungicides, when necessary, including:

  • Trivaprofungicide provides preventive and curative activity on several key diseases such as gray leaf spot. With three active ingredients, including Solatenol® fungicide, Trivapro delivers long-lasting disease control and crop enhancement benefits for maximized yield potential.
  • Quilt Xcel® fungicide delivers preventive and curative disease control, plant stress management and yield-boosting benefits that bring a positive return on investment.

It’s important to prepare for and proactively manage early-season insects and diseases. Utilizing insecticides and fungicides can help maximize return on investment and ultimately grow more corn.

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