Calling all Western Bean Cutworm Scouts

If you are planning to scout for this important pest this year make sure your counts are sent into WBC Trap Network in Ontario. For information on how to do this please visit Baute Bug Blog.


Agrisure Viptera Experience

I had a chance to sit down with Grant Ozipko, Agrisure Trait Marketing Manager to discuss the results of Agrisure Viptera in the US and the new traits from Syngenta Seeds. Youtube link
A number of US growers had a chance to grow and see Agrisure Viptera 3111 in 2010 through Agrisure Experience Program. This gave them firsthand experience with the control of Agrisure Viptera on pests such as corn earworm, western bean cutworm and black cutworm on their farm. They were so impressed many of them came back this year and purchased hybrids with Agrisure Viptera trait for the 2011 growing season.
Why should I grow Agrisure Viptera? Peace of mind that you have a product that provides more control of more insects than any other product on the market. What can we expect for control and yield results? Syngenta testing has shown Agrisure Viptera had a yield advantage of over nine bushel per acre across all trials in 2010 when compared to smartstax products.

Agrisure Viptera will be the foundation of refuge reduction products from Syngenta. For Canada registration is expected for a refuge reduction product in 2012. It will be called Agrisure 3220 which gives two modes of action against broad lepidopteran insects and two modes of action against corn borer. It is this product that will allow reduced refuge and ultimately a refuge-in-a-bag product (when approved).

What is in the Agrisure pipeline? The pipeline has a full line of refuge reduction trait stacks including that can be used in rootworm areas. Agrisure Artesian is Syngenta water optimization platform that uses multiple traits to provide hybrids a chance to manage drought throughout the season.

Thanks Grant for your time.

Not all Genes for Western Bean Cutworm the same

We have seen the same results as described in the article attached. Under significant ear-feeding insect pressure, hybrids containing the Agrisure Viptera 3111 trait stack averaged 7.3 bu/ac better than hybrids with the Agrisure® 3000GT triple stack. In fact, hybrids with the Agrisure Viptera 3111 stack outperformed their Agrisure 3000GT stack counterparts in all geographies and insect pressures, delivering a 4.4 bu/ac yield advantage.
“Our 2010 trials included a range of geographies and a range of pest pressures,” says Bruce Battles, head, Agronomy Marketing with Syngenta. “We saw clean ears from the Agrisure Viptera trait in all of them, but of course the difference was most pronounced in plots that experienced heavier pressure. In those instances, there was no question which trait package was delivering better control.”

As compared to other competitive traits, the products with the Agrisure Viptera 3111 stack out yielded Pioneer® brand hybrids by an average of 9.7 bu/ac. The trials also demonstrated a 9 bu/ac yield advantage versus competitive DeKalb® brand Genuity™ SmartStax™ offerings, and 12 bu/ac over competitive DeKalb hybrids with the VT Triple PRO™ trait stack.
C.O.R.N. newsletter article – Western Bean Cutworm Myth #4: All transgenic corn varieties are effective against western bean cutworm

1 Syngenta strip trial with hybrids of similar RMs, adjusted for moisture to +/- 3.

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Multi-Pest Complex Control – Agrisure Viptera 3111

Over the past couple of months we have shown multi-pest field tours for western bean cutworm and fall armyworm. At Syngenta we inoculated western bean cutworm on an Agrisure Viptera 3111 hybrid and a non-Agrisure Viptera 3111 hybird in 2010. Here is the field tour of the plot by Nick Cowan, Techinical Product Specialist and what we saw.

Fields of Distinction, Middlesex-Oxford

Real Field Facts from Eric Ricther, Territory Manager, Middlesex-Oxford.

Soybean harvest is well underway, but has been abit of a struggle to get several days back to back since last Friday. Yields on the west side of Middlesex are running 45-55, touching 60 bu/acre. In Oxford county, yields are basically starting at 55-60 Bu/acre and up from there. Robert Moloney harvested a soybean plot yesterday with NK beans #1 an #2 out of five entries. S05T6 out yielded Colby’s by +6 bu/acre. NK soybeans are definitely class #1 for yield and profitability.
Corn harvest has started on the west side of Middlesex with moisture in the low 20’s and yield in the 180-200 bu/acre range. Lots of corn fields showing feeding from Western Bean Cutworm – talk to your dealers about the benefits of Agrisure Viptera corn hybrids from NK Brand for spring 2011.

NK Brand Fields of Distinction – “Seeing is Believing”

Check out the corner of Oxford 31st concession and Oxford line #88 (southeast field). Field of CORN N29T series that is sure to help Oxford county set a county record this season. Lots of ears with 600+ kernels at 30,000 plants/acre – take a minute to conduct a yield check on this one if you are close by.

Thank goodness there is a stop light at the corner of Petty and Lobo line in Middlesex county. Without it, there would likely be an accident before these S20-G7 soybeans are harvested. A picture perfect field of NK Brand specialty I.P. soybeans – definitely going to gross more than most fields of edible beans.

On Highway #81 heading north after crossing the Ausable towards Parkhill, another field of S20-G7 on the east side that are worth a look. Grower had 52 bu/acre last year and looking to notch that up again this year. Giving consistent yields year after year.

S25-A5 on some tough ground, South side of Elm tree , 1 mile west of Highway #81. Grower was thinking of giving up on soybeans in his rotation because yields were on a significant downtrend. Nice to have the chance to work with a customer and help turn his yield curve around. Great field of NK Brand RR soybeans – will be a perfect fit for S25-W5 Genuity RR2 yield for 2011.

S08-C3 breaking whole farm records in Oxford county – not shabby for 2750 CHU, zone 0 maturity soybean. 65+ bu/acre should help generate some tidy profits for NK Brand customers.

Western Bean Cutworms moth #’s dropping — but look for larva

Contributed by Robert Moloney, NK Brand Seeds

Catches of Western Bean Cutworm (WBC) moths are rapidly dropping to zero across the province as of this week.  At this point we wouldn’t expect moths to be laying eggs anyway, but the overall catch numbers for the year give us an idea of how big and widespread the problem has the potential to become.  Even taking into account the fact that there were many more WBC moth traps in Ontario this year versus previous years, the number of moths caught increased massively this year.  We will have to wait for corn harvest to get a better handle on just what this means for the damage we may see in Ontario this year, but it isn’t difficult to find larva in corn ears in areas with high moth capture numbers now (see previous blog entries for details on scouting for larva).  The larvae are very mobile, so even if you couldn’t find the low numbers of egg masses in the field earlier, you may be able to find the larva and damage now.  In plots at the NK Arva research station which had egg masses moved into them to ensure infestation of WBC it is not uncommon to find larva in every cob within 6-8 feet of row from the marked plant that the egg mass was attached to.  In some spots they have moved even farther than this.  The positive news is that plants with the Agrisure Viptera 3111 trait that also had egg masses attached to them are showing no signs of WBC damage or larva survival.

Why scout for larva?

At this point in the season we can’t do anything to control the WBC larva in the cob but it is still worth scouting your fields to get an idea of what level of WBC larva pressure you have in the field.  This will allow you to prioritize fields with higher potential for ear mould growth for earlier harvest.  In some fields we are already seeing some ear mould development where WBC have been feeding.

Multi-pest field tour – Western Bean Cutworm – Ear damage

Take a Multi-Pest tour with Mike Folkard, Territory Manager as he shows early ear damage from Western Bean Cutworm.

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