In-Field Earworm Studies Underway

Some people “paint the town.”  At Latham Hi-Tech Seeds headquarters in Alexander, we’re painting the corn fields!

Research Technician Gary Bennett and I used ½-inch paint brushes to apply nearly 500 earworm larvae to approximately 70 ears each of seven different Latham® hybrids.  These hybrids featured various technologies and trait packages, including Agrisure Viptera™ 3111 and Genuity® VT Triple PRO™.

Our research objective is to record the level of corn earworm protection offered by the different hybrid traits and technologies.  We’ll be taking field notes to record feeding and crop damage every couple weeks.  Watch for photo updates soon!