No. 25 Article 3/December 9, 2011

On Target Report: Assessing Performance of Bt Hybrids and Insecticides

As 2011 slips into the history books, it's probably a good time to remind readers of the Bulletin that you have access to the On Target Report, published annually to describe the results of research trials concerning insect pests that commonly affect the production of Illinois field crops. The main contributors are Ron Estes (senior research specialist in agriculture), Nick Tinsley (visiting research specialist in agriculture), and me, all members of the Department of Crop Sciences.

The Insect Management and Insecticide Evaluation Program was created in 1984 by Kevin Steffey, long-time and well-known former extension entomologist at the University of Illinois. As the On Target website notes, "[The program] has provided the producers of Illinois complete and informative evaluations of registered insecticides and new chemical and transgenic tools for the management of insect pests in Illinois." At present the website details the results of our experiments from 2004 to 2010. Later this month, the results from our 2011 field season will be added.

I encourage you to visit the On Target site when making choices about insect management tools. In addition to root injury ratings and yields in our corn rootworm experiments, we provide information about various products for soybean aphid control. I hope you find the information useful, and I wish our readers a happy holiday season. I look forward to sharing more articles in 2012 as we begin the next growing season.--Mike Gray

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