i-Three Issue Corps 2016 – Refuges of Non-Plant Produced Insecticidal Corn

Dominic Reisig

Associate Professor & Extension Specialist

North Carolina State University

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Summary:

Corn represents represents significant component of the North Carolina’s land-use and is important to the economy. A vast majority of field corn in North Carolina is planted to genetically modified hybrids producing insecticides (Bt) to manage certain insect pests. Refuges of non-plant produced insecticidal corn (non-Bt) are required by law to maintain susceptible insect populations. However, refuge compliance is at an all-time low in the state and nation. This project seeks to increase the proportion of non-Bt corn planted in the state to maintain insect pest susceptibility using field visits, county meetings, agent trainings, blog articles, and partnerships with industry.

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