In the first issue of the Bulletin this year, I wrote an article about the standardized resistance-management plan for Bt corn approved by the U.S. EPA earlier this year. I had indicated that university and industry scientists had worked with the National Corn Growers Association to develop the plan and submit to EPA for approval. However, these groups have done even more. Working together, they developed a logo and a series of recommendations that are available to everyone. The logo and the recommendations can be viewed on the National Corn Growers website at http://www.ncga.com/. Click on "Industry Insect Resistance Management Plan" in the site menu. You will be able to view the logo and its explanation, review the plan, and/or click through a power point presentation.|
A couple of statements on the National Corn Growers Association website and promotional materials say it all: "Seed companies, universities and the National Corn Growers Association all agree that there should be a unified commitment to responsible stewardship of Bt technology so it can be preserved as an important tool in farm management. Planting a refuge of non-Bt corn is the most important thing growers can do to prevent insects from developing resistance to Bt."
If a grower plans to plant Bt corn this season, despite all of the controversy regarding GMOs, stewardship of the technology is a must, if we expect to use the technology well into the future. Please take the guidelines seriously.--Kevin Steffey