FMC has introduced another tool for farmers to use in the fight against the Western corn rootworm beetle.
David Wheeler, Technical Services Associate Director, said Steward EC is not a new chemistry, but it represents a new use in corn to control adult rootworm beetles. Farmers can use the product in an integrated pest management program along with a larval control mechanism either through traits or a soil insecticide.
“He does that for two reasons. Primarily, it’s for population control and managing that population for the following year. And secondarily for any silk clipping that the beetles might do,” said Wheeler.
Wheeler said Steward EC is offering up to 85 percent control of adult rootworm beetles compared to maybe 50 percent effectiveness found in traditional products.
Listen to Chuck’s interview with David Wheeler here: David Wheeler, FMC Steward EC