Corn farmers have experienced some cases of corn-rootworm resistance to new biotech traits, but the incidents have not been widespread or even uniform across fields. Monsanto’s Robb Fraley discussed the work the company is doing on providing new traits and other options to growers who experience rootworm outbreaks. He was interviewed at the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Ill.
Fraley, Monsanto’s chief technology officer, said the resistance issues that appeared in some Midwest corn fields in 2012 were thoroughly investigated by the company. “It appeared that about 400 fields out of thousands and thousands of corn fields actually proved to have evidence of resistance in corn rootworms to the rootworm trait,” he said.
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