Refuges for Resistance Management: Bt Corn and European Corn Borers

April 16, 1999
Although we feel as though we have worn out this subject, we constantly are surprised at some of the attitudes we encounter. It has come to our attention that some aggressive seed sales people have suggested that refuges of non-Bt corn for managing resistance of European corn borers to the Bt toxin are not necessary. This type of recommendation is irresponsible and not in accord with recommendations
from universities, parent seed companies, and the National Corn Growers Association. We strongly encourage growers who plant Bt corn to plant at least 25 percent of their acreage to non-Bt corn for reasons that have been explained over and over again. Please, let's all make a concerted effort to treat this transgenic technology with respect so that its benefits are realized for many years into the future.--Kevin Steffey, Mike Gray

Author: Mike Gray Kevin Steffey