(Posted Fri. Jun 12th, 2015)
The Prospective Resistance Management: Empowering Growers to Understand and Exploit Refugia, a joint research program of the University of Arizona, University of California at Riverside and the U.S. Department of Agriculture funded by Monsanto, will soon offer maps featuring pesticide reporting data that farmers can use when planning their integrated pest management program. By basing plans on real-world data, farmers will gain a powerful tool in their ongoing fight against insect resistance to management products. By adapting chemical applications to the specific circumstances prevalent in their area, farmers will be able to proactively reduce selection pressures, and thus the possibility of resistance, in their fields.
Understanding how insect resistance develops helps shape best management practices and mitigation actions that prevent the weakening of the technology's effectiveness, thus the National Corn Growers Association continues to work with industry and government on resistance management.
The Monsanto Insect Management Knowledge Program, a ten-member advisory committee consisting of academics and growers, provides merit-based awards for outstanding research that will not only enhance the collective understanding of insect management but also address significant challenges and issues in agriculture. NCGA Director of Research and New Uses Dr. Richard Vierling serves on the grant review committee to ensure the projects will develop tools that meet farmers’ needs. The research addresses the following areas: development of predictive models of resistance; farmer education and training; and sustainable pest management. The program originally started in 2013 as the Corn Rootworm Knowledge Program but expanded its focus to include insects that are economically dmaging to any U.S. row crop.