ST. LOUIS — Throughout the corn-growing season, farmers
across the Midwest will battle corn rootworms. Now there is a new tool to help
them combat this yield-robbing pest.
Genuity has launched a free application available for the
iPad that helps farmers assess their risk for corn rootworm pressure and
provides field-specific recommendations.
The app was designed by Monsanto insect management technical
development representatives, product managers and technical agronomists and is
the first app to provide users with valuable information related to rootworm
risk and active pest management for the current season.
“After watching corn growers battle this damaging pest
season after season, we saw a real need for this kind of app to assist farmers
in making management decisions in real time,” said Tom Eickhoff, agronomic
systems lead for Monsanto. “In addition to proven Genuity trait performance and
in-field experts, this free app is another great resource for our
The Genuity Rootworm Manager allows farmers to do a
field-by-field assessment that considers several factors to determine the threat
from corn rootworm to the crop.
The app uses several crop and corn rootworm metrics to
evaluate risk of plant injury from corn rootworm, including field location, pest
population and previous crop and pest management history.
“This tool follows proven pest management recommendations
for scouting, practicing crop rotation, utilizing dual modes of action when
planting and suggesting specific insecticides based on crop type,” Eickhoff
said. “Plus this app allows the user to set alerts, take custom notes, access
scouting reports and share results via email.”
For more information, visit Genuity.com/RootwormManager or
visit the iTunes App Store to download.