Bt Corn Hybrids a Form of Crop Insurance

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Trials conducted this past summer in Alabama reinforced the notion that Bt corn hybrids should be considered a form of crop insurance for Southeastern growers who already have or who anticipate insect pressure.

The presence of one or more Bt genes in a corn hybrid will not increase yield potential, says Kathy Flanders, Auburn University Extension entomologist.

“Instead, the gene(s) prevent yield losses from certain insects. Therefore, the most important thing to remember is that if the population of the target insect in your field or area is high enough, Bt corn will pay off.

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