Steward EC insecticide from FMC is a new tool for farmers fighting corn rootworm, especially in areas with highly irrigated acres where continuous corn is prevalent.
Brent Neuberger, senior technical service manager for FMC, said offering a different mode of action is vital to growers with high corn rootworm pressure.
“Again, it goes back to being varied in how we manage this pest,” said Neuberger. “We can’t just do it with Bt traits, we can’t just do it with applied insecticides. We have to vary, and by controlling the adults, we reduce the eggs that are laid and the subsequent pressure the next year.”
Neuberger said Steward EC is user friendly with minimal impact on beneficial insects. He said it also offers some control of western bean cutworm, corn earworm and European corn borer, as well as other late season pests. Steward EC is available for the 2018 growing season and is included in the FMC Freedom Pass program.
Listen to Chuck’s interview with Brent here: Interview with Brent Neuberger, Steward EC, FMC