Handy Bt Trait Table Updated - UNL CropWatch, Oct. 21, 2011

Handy Bt Trait Table Updated - UNL CropWatch, Oct. 21, 2011

October 21, 2011

A useful publication by entomologists Dr. Chris DiFonzo (Michigan State University) and Dr. Eileen Cullen (University of Wisconsin-Madison) has been updated. This fact sheet, Handy Bt Trait Table, provides a quick reference to the currently available Bt corn hybrid traits, their spectrum of control, and refuge percentage and location requirements.

More corn hybrids contain multiple transgenic Bt insect traits, and cost of seed is steadily increasing — $300 or more per bag is not uncommon. Meanwhile, refuge requirements are changing for multi-trait corn. Some refuges remain at 20% and "structured," planted in a block or series of rows. Others are reduced to 5% "structured," or 5% or 10% "in the bag" mixed with the Bt seed. It is important that you are aware of the traits offered in different hybrids and their refuge requirements. This publication is free and available for download at http://www.entomology.wisc.edu/cullenlab/extension/ext_pubs.html

Bob Wright
Extension Entomologist, Lincoln