Field Crops Entomology Program
Michigan State University
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Western bean cutworm information for 2017
Western bean cutworm in corn and dry beans can be managed if infestations are caught early by scouting (corn) and trapping (dry beans). Below are several short bulletins with pictures and management recommendations. For careful scouting to detect low % infestations in corn, a face shield is worth the $$.
Handy Bt Trait Table - Updated for 2017
After the major issues with western bean cutworm in the Great Lakes region in 2016, and increasing problems with leps in the southern United States, a major change was made to the 2017 Handy Bt Trait table. It now includes a new column ('May Be Ineffective On') to highlight insect x Bt combinations with documented field-failures, confirmed resistance, or cross-resistance. Ineffective ratings are based on published lab assays &/or field research. This column is intended to alert growers and consultants to potential management problems, influence seed selection, and encourage field scouting.
To view or download the trait table, click below.
2017 Bt Trait Table (latest version, from March 15, 2017)
NOTE - If you wish to give a link to the table on a website or in a publication, it is easiest to give this home page, msuent.com, because the table is updated and reposted during the year. If you would like to reprint the table in a local publication or extension bulletin, contact Chris DiFonzo (firstname.lastname@example.org or 517-353-5328) for a version modifiable for your state.