Late summer 2020 saw an explosion of Bt-resistant corn rootworm in Ontario. Beyond the damage this pest caused to last year’s corn crops, there are consequences and questions to answer for the future of corn cropping. Tracey Baute and Dr. Jocelyn Smith will discuss the impact of Bt-resistant corn rootworm populations, and steps to take to mitigate the risks at the Top Crop Summit, taking place virtually on Feb. 23 and 24.
Tracey Baute is the field crop entomologist at the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), based in Ridgetown, Ont. Dr. Jocelyn Smith is a research scientist in field crop entomology at the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus, specializing in insect resistance management research for transgenic corn. During the Summit, Baute and Smith will present on what led to the Bt breakdown and the effects it will have on the coming growing season and beyond.
Don’t miss this chance to hear the latest on Bt-resistant corn rootworm in Ontario. Register today for the 2021 Top Crop Summit!