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FFA students across the Midwest are mobilizing to help farmers in their communities monitor for the presence of corn rootworm variants by placing stic

Agriculture.com Staff 07/18/2006 @ 3:35pm

FFA students across the Midwest are mobilizing to help farmers in their communities monitor for the presence of corn rootworm variants by placing sticky traps in their fields in late July.

More than 500 FFA chapters and nearly 8,500 farmers are participating in the program, which will entail monitoring 11,900 test sites in 11 Midwestern states. Sponsored by Monsanto and YieldGard® Plus Corn, the sticky trap program is taking place in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Nebraska, Kansas, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

The western corn rootworm variant lays its eggs in soybean fields, and the larvae hatch when the fields have been rotated back to corn the following season, leading to rootworm feeding in first-year corn.The program will also monitor northern corn rootworms, which may be exhibiting similar variant behavior.

FFA members will evenly place sticky traps throughout participating farmers' soybean fields and leave them in place for seven days during the peak flight of adult rootworm beetles. The beetles are drawn to the traps by their yellow color and then are caught on a sticky surface.

FFA youth will then remove the traps, count the number of rootworm beetles embedded on the sticky surface and mail in postcards to Monsanto with the results. Monsanto will provide participating FFA chapters with a $50 donation for each sticky trap site.

An average of six beetles per trap per day suggests a potential rootworm variant problem and the need for management options for the 2007 growing season, according to Clint Pilcher, Corn Trait Technology Development Manager for Monsanto.

FFA students across the Midwest are mobilizing to help farmers in their communities monitor for the presence of corn rootworm variants by placing sticky traps in their fields in late July.

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