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ISSUE DATE: 05/02/2011

Bt corn offers benefit to non-transgenic growers

By Larry Dreiling

When genetically enhanced corn varieties designed to resist European corn borers were first released in 1994, there was resistance from some producers skeptical of the benefits as well as those fearful of genetic modification and members of the pro-organic community.

A report in the Oct. 8, 2010, issue of the journal Science showed that Bt corn varieties--corn genetically engineered to produce insect-killing proteins isolated from the soil bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt)--provide significant economic benefits even to neighboring farmers who grow non-transgenic varieties of corn.

A short refresher: Bt corn provides a built-in defense against attacks by the larvae of European corn borers and other insect pests. Larvae that ingest the Bt protein soon stop feeding and die, typically within 48 hours. Bt corn has been adopted on about 63 percent of the 87 million U.S. corn acres.


NEWS

AgIndex performs better than S&P 500
EPA, USDA heads visit Iowa
Extension hosts financial management training
FAPC-OSU faculty member honored
Farm Bureau leaders lobby Congress
Farm Mom of the Year search begins
Fires cause evacuations
FSA controls protect taxpayers from waste, abuse
Governor signs Rural Opportunity Zones bill
Groups can help keep Kansas highways clean
Kearney restaurant claims 'Best Burger' title
Leavenworth to host Kansas Sampler Festival
Local food more competitive as food, fuel costs rise
More on the U.S. debt
NMSU offers Extension publications as eBooks
OSU offers new option for future Extension educators
Outstanding Young Farmers Award presented to Alva couple
Stallman comments on Panama trade agreement progress
Storm Recovery Guide available
Tulsa County native named DASNR Champion
Twister time: Safety concerning tornadoes
USDA announces microentrepreneur funding
Vilsack questions proposed budget cuts

CROPS

Annual Hard Wheat Tour Slated for May 2 to 5
Applying anhydrous ammonia
Bacteria benefit insect pests
Beneficial bugs battle insect pests
Bt corn offers benefit to non-transgenic growers
Corn growth classic rewritten, available to order
Entomologist tests home remedies for fire ant control
Evaluate planter for no-till success
Evaluate whether to fertilize wheat
Finding a better biocontrol for pests
Grape symposium set for May 6 in Cat Spring
Harvesters named Feeding America's Food Bank of the Year
K-State crops team wins third straight national title
Manage alfalfa in drought-stressed areas
NGFA seminar to cover trading, trade rules, dispute resolution
Pest monitoring website helps producers manage crop pests
Tests fine-tuned for better plant disease detection
Texas Irrigation Expo registration now open
USDA peanut acreage estimates higher than farmers' predictions
Viral wheat diseases, aphids found during field scouting
Water for Food Conference set for May
Wheat Diagnostic School offered in May

LIVESTOCK

Beefing up production and meat quality
Executive committee begins new leadership role
Groups support GIPSA reforms
IPPA calls for best breaded pork tenderloin recipes
IPPA to host PQA Plus, TQA certification sessions
MAESTRO aims to reduce farm energy costs
Stockgrowers praise efforts to restore aerial predator funding
Term ends for KCA president, vice president
UNL Extension offers Mid-Plains BEEF Practicum
USDA releases cattle on feed numbers
Work begins on sequencing bison genome

EDITOR

A jewel for agriculture
Reader questions crop insurance letter
Seek difference between biased and fact-based news
Spending in tough times must reflect primary needs of citizens, nation

COLUMNS

Driving to church
Herbicide now approved for wheat, barley
I'll have the veal cutlet
Insecticide now registered for use on sorghum
Just a scoop full
Micro-nutrient combinations offer benefits
Unexpected leadership lessons

MARKETS

Aberdeen livestock auction report
Aberdeen livestock auction report
Ada livestock sales report
Amarillo livestock auction summary
Apache livestock auction report
Clovis livestock auction summary report
Cold, wet conditions hold steady
Colorado feeder cattle auction summary
Continued cold and wet
Dalhart livestock auction report
Denison feeder cattle auction report
Dodge City cattle sales report
Dryland wheat conditions continue to decline
Ft. Smith livestock auction report
Georgia cattle auction summary
Goldthwaite sheep sales report
Grain market close
High Plains slaughter news
Huron feeder cattle auction report
Joplin regional cattle sales report
Kansas hay moderate
McAlester livestock auction report
Most hay prices remain steady
North Arkansas livestock auction report
Ogallala livestock auction market
OKC West livestock auction report
Oklahoma welcomes rainfall
Pastures starting to green, warm weather needed
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales
Pratt livestock auction report
Salina cattle auction report
Severe weather limits fieldwork
Spring brings cool temperatures to state
Spring planting advances, but well behind last year
Springfield dairy heifer sales report
Springfield livestock auction report
St. Onge livestock auction report
Superior video auction report
Tulia livestock auction report
Weather pushes grain bids
West Plains regional cattle sales
Wet soils limit spring planting
Wheat conditions decline with continued dry weather
Wheat crop rated in mostly fair to poor condition
Wheat rated mostly very poor to poor
Woodward livestock auction report

RANGE

Applicators, alfalfa growers experience pest management challenges
Do forage analysis before purchasing hay
KGLC adult range schools set for August
Rangeland Monitoring Training set for May 5
Re-Born to the Land meetings offer management tips
Urban Rancher/Small Acreage Short Courses offered
Wildfires leave more than ashes behind

FAMILY

Beneficial bugs battle insect pests
Bighorn sheep return to Hayman burn area
Community pride in arena is a reason for rodeo's success
Composting helps save landfills
Emerald ash borer threatens ecology of forests
Farm Bureau awards speech contest scholarships
'Faux snapdragon' Superstar can thrive in Texas heat
Fiesta in a flash
Fishing clinics for kids set for May
Governor announces annual 'Ringneck Classic'
Healthy nutrition habits can help you stay well
Herb Day is May 7
Homeowner alternatives for once-beautiful pears
Kansas Agroforestry Field Day is May 4
Livestock a key factor in rodeo's success
Loss of a friendship
Meditation for 5-2-11
National Festival of Breads finalists selected
Ornamental grasses bring variety to landscape
OSU to host Family Day in the Garden
Overbook ideal for narrow, odd-shaped lots
Planting a tree
Plasticulture garden established at the governor's mansion
Scientists exploit ash tree pest's chemical communication
Scones for Mother's Day
Shoppin' Trip
Using pre-emergence herbicides

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