Since you can’t predict the weather, do what you can to minimize your risk. Planting corn hybrids with a corn rootworm trait protect the corn plant’s root system better than soil insecticides do, particularly in a dry year. It’s like having an extra insurance policy in place. Beware, however, because not all traited hybrids are created equally!
Genetics make yield but traits protect yield. This season we certainly saw how different genetics handled stress from drought and wind. Roots and stalk strength were put to the test. That’s why genetic diversity is so important. Plant a portfolio of 4 to 6 different Latham® numbers for added protection.
As an independent, family-owned company, Latham Hi-Tech Seeds is able to guarantee genetic diversity. Our independence allows us to provide farmers with an industry-leading number of product choices from provides including: Monsanto, Bayer, BASF, Syngenta, Dow AgroSciences and more. In addition to planting different genetics, you can further minimize their risk by planting various maturities.
In our 2013 product lineup, Latham Hi-Tech Seeds offers 33 hybrid seed corn products with 6 different trait combinations for rootworm control in various maturities:
- SmartStax, leading the industry with 2 modes of action against rootworm
- VT Triple Pro
- Herculex Xtra
- Agrisure 3111 Viptera
- Agrisure 3000 GT
Not all traited products offer rootworm protection. Herculex I, for example, has resistance/tolerance to Liberty, Roundup and corn borer. Herc 1, however, does not protect against corn rootworm. A person can’t just assume that a “Bt hybrid” will have rootworm protection.
Rootworm control is a must in corn-on-corn protection. You’ll see extended diapause in ground that has been rotated. In an area with heavy rootworm pressure, plant Latham hybrids with Genuity® SmartStax® technology. Look at dual modes of action and consider rotating crops in areas where rootworm pressure is extreme.
Because corn-on-corn acres are more susceptible to challenges presented by weather, soil and pest pressure, Latham has introduced the Gladiator designation to help with 2013 seed selection. They have the industry’s most advanced genetic foundation, offering powerful root and stalk strength and superior above- and below-ground insect protection. Latham’s Gladiator hybrids are developed to battle your field’s continuous corn challenges and win. Give them a try as part of your diversified 2013 crop plan!