Wednesday, July 1, 2009

These shots of corn borer moths were taken July 1st. Before the advent of BT corn, growers could only rely on the plants natural ability to produce a substance in its leaves called dimboa.Dimboa can help diminish the survival rate of young baby corn borer larve until roughly knee high.However the concentration of dimboa in the plant becomes so diluted after knee high that corn borer larvae will survive after this point of growth.With HERCULEX I BT, corn borer larvae are no longer a serious insect threat to high yield corn production no matter what stage of growth they attack the corn plant.

Herculex I BT plants produce a protein that when ingested by the young baby corn borer larvae causes it to die.As such BT corn is no longer damaged from the tunnelling impact that once was caused by these insects.With no tunnelling in the plants mid veins or stalk the corn crops drought tolerance has been markedly improved.

Another significant advantage with HERCULEX I BT corn is that secondary stalk rot pathogens are no longer a threat to the plants health or stalk quality.Yes indeed Herculex I Bt corn borer protection has afforded many farmers an incredible boost for high yield corn production. In the heat of the day as you walk through your soybean fields bordering up to corn fields don't be surprised if you stir up hundreds of resting corn borer moths.Corn borer moths have a tendency to mate in soybean canopies adjacent to corn fields.

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