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Beneficial Insects, Nematodes Unharmed By GM Crops

A large body of literature has shown that genetically-modified plants that produce proteins from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) to protect themselves from insect pests have little to no effect on a wide range of nontarget insects. However, concerns about Bt crops still exist.
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Corn Pest Decline May Save Farmers Money

Populations of European corn borer (ECB), a major corn crop pest, have declined significantly in the eastern United States, according to Penn State researchers. The decline suggests that the use of genetically modified, ECB-resistant corn hybrids an expensive, yet effective, solution that has been widely adopted by farmers may now be unnecessary in some areas.
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Slugs Slither Into Spring

Higher slug counts will put many no-tillers on special alert this spring.
David Graham steps out of his red pickup truck and into the barren field. He pulls out his pocketknife, digs into the corn stalks and within 2 minutes uncovers two slugs — one brown and another one black. The slimy creatures slither up the silver blade of his knife.
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