What is in this article?:
- 20 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW NOW
- 6 Raising corn is more of a gamble than playing blackjack.
- 7 The Amazon rainforest is not being cut down for soybean production.
- 8 Nearly all Midwest farmers have access to high-accuracy guidance networks.
- 9 More GPS brownouts are ahead.
- 10 Corn borer populations are rapidly shrinking in the Midwest.
- 11 Integrated pest management (IPM) isn't dead but evolving.
- 12 Glyphosate is applied too late.
- 13 Adding autoswath control to a sprayer saves 5 to 17% in applied product.
- 14 Assisted steering systems are no-brainers for return on investment.
- 15 It takes less fossil energy to produce ethanol than it takes to produce gasoline.
- 16 Ethanol does not take food away from people in developing countries.
- 17 Ethanol is not a water hog.
- 18 Livestock farmers are losing control of their animals.
- 19 Beef packs more nutrients into one 3-oz. serving than chicken does.
- 20 Small farms are not necessarily the most environmentally friendly option.
Corn borer populations are rapidly shrinking in the Midwest.
CORN BORER populations in the Midwest are very low, according to Michael Gray, extension entomologist, University of Illinois. He credits this to the high use of Bt corn hybrids. However, he doesn't expect the corn pests to become extinct.
“The European corn borer has a wide range of hosts on which to feed,” Gray says. “The corn rootworm has a narrower range of hosts, but those hosts include other grasses such as foxtail. So I expect these pests to remain in the landscape, only at lower levels. But they won't become extinct.” — Mark Moore