URBANA, IL -- As the 2014 growing season approaches, many questions remain on how to best manage western corn rootworms in light of the ongoing concerns over resistance to some Bt proteins, said Mike Gray, a University of Illinois entomologist.
A corn rootworm management webinar will be held on Thursday, Feb. 20, to address these and other issues. The program will run from 1 to 2:30 p.m. (CST). The webinar is supported by a USDA-NIFA North Central IPM Program grant. Presenters for the webinar include land grant entomologists:
• Joe Spencer, Illinois Natural History Survey; Rootworm biology and behavior
• Aaron Gassmann, Iowa State University; Resistance evolution and IRM for rootworm
• Lance Meinke, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Adult management options
• Bob Wright, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Larval management options
• Ken Ostlie, University of Minnesota; Decision tree for grower management options
You will need a computer with Internet access and speakers to participate in the webinar. Please connect to the webinar site five minutes prior to the start time. Copy and paste this URL into your browser to enter the meeting: https://connect.unl.edu/r9ra3734mey/.
At that URL you will find a login page. Enter as a “guest” with your name, business, or institution and click “Enter Room.” The audio portion of the meeting will come through your computer speakers.
Any time before the meeting you can confirm your ability to connect at http://www.extension.iastate.edu/testconnect/.
“I encourage growers and the agribusiness community to take part in this webinar. Seldom will you have an opportunity to take advantage of this multi-state panel and their collective experience and knowledge regarding corn rootworm management,” Gray said.