Western Bean Cutworm control in the future.

As Western Bean Cutworm (MBC) appears to be increasing in numbers in Ontario, corn growers are looking to control measures for this emerging pest. Articles are being written about Herculex and Yieldgard Bt events and what kind of control can be expected. While this only tells of what control measures are available to date in the marketplace it does not discuss a new trait being developed by Syngenta called Agrisure Viptera (MIR 162). We expect the major wave of WBC infestation to hit Ontario in 2011 – 2013 and if these were the only control measures available we would be concerned. But they are not. Syngenta Seeds anticipates having the new trait Viptera registered for use by that time (hopefully sooner). Agrisure Viptera through current testing offers better control of a broad range of Lepidopteran species including Western bean cutworm. Although it is not registered and not offered for sale intial testing has shown the following results.
Agrisure 3000GT and Agrisure GT/CB/LL plus Agrisure Viptera stack technology are not currently approved for sale or use in Canada and are not being offered or promoted for sale. These products will not be available for sale until all necessary regulatory approvals and authorizations have been granted.

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