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Stay On Top of CRW With a Proactive Management Strategy

July 19, 2017

With corn rootworm pressure (CRW) varying from year to year, it can appear when least expected. Even though pressure has been lower in recent years, CRW tends to bounce back. Some CRW populations can lay dormant for nearly two years waiting for corn to return to the field.

With the unpredictable nature of CRW, it is important for you to be observant. There are no instant solutions for managing CRW, so it’s important to prepare for a possible outbreak prior to planting with a combination of effective, powerful traits and a sound multi-year management strategy.

When working with a field that has experienced low levels of CRW pressure at any time in the past, it’s likely that in any given season, it will experience that pressure again. For a field with a history of low corn rootworm pressure, Syngenta recommends a trait stack with 1 or 2 modes of action for CRW control or a soil insecticide. Consider trait stacks with dual modes of action like Agrisure® 3122 E-Z Refuge®, Agrisure Duracade® 5122 E-Z Refuge® or Agrisure Duracade® 5222 E-Z Refuge®. For those interested in using a single CRW trait stack, Agrisure® 3000GT or Agrisure Viptera® 3111 are 2 available choices.

For a field that has experienced high corn rootworm pressure in the past, if crop rotation is not an option, consider a management program that includes a trait stack with one or two modes of action against CRW with a soil- or foliar-applied insecticide as needed for additional control.

Syngenta has developed a quick guide to serve as an easy reference:

This agronomic image shows a flow chart comparing Force, Agrisure, and Warrior 2 corn rootworm traits and insecticides.

For more information, contact your Syngenta representative.

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