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Western bean cutworm has become an increasingly important pest of corn in the Midwest. Populations in many states are increasing and, at the same time, some Bt hybrids that used to help with this pest are less and less effective as the insects gain resistance.

In this podcast, Kelley Tilmon, field crops specialist at Ohio State University Extension, will talk about the rise of Bt resistance in Western bean cutworm, pest biology, and management strategies to help defeat this pest and protect yields.

Kelley Tilmon’s continues the discussion on why some mainline defenses for Western bean cutworm have lost their effectiveness, and what other management options no-tillers might have. In addition to conventional spraying management and proper scouting she’ll also discuss the importance of trapping networks to manage this pest and limiting the damage to your corn crop.

Click below to follow along with Kelley's presentation and learn about additional resources for managing Western bean cutworm in corn.

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