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MICHIGAN STATE AGRONOMIST RELEASES UPDATED BT TRAIT TABLE
(Photo Illustration: Darrell Smith and Lori Hays)
Corn growers can use this free tool to understand which hybrids have which traits, as well as evaluate insect problems and herbicide needs in-season.


by Rhonda Brooks, Farm Journal

Thanks to the ongoing work and diligence by Chris DiFonzo, PhD, Michigan State University, corn growers have access to the updated Handy Bt Trait Table.

The table - now in its 22nd year - lists easy-to-use information about all Bt corn hybrids commercially available in the U.S. in a concise, two-page format.

The Table provides corn growers with several benefits. It can help you:

• Understand which hybrids have which traits--including Bt and herbicide-tolerant traits;

• Avoid developing resistance, a result of using the same traits repeatedly, and

• Evaluate insect issues and herbicide needs in-season.

DiFonzo says there are several updates for 2024. In a news release, she notes that companies still refer to original traits (like Herculex I or YieldGard) on field signs, web sites, and seed guides, because single traits are components of newer multi-trait hybrids.

"To finally address this concern, the 2024 table is split," she says. "I looked at 2024 seed guides from the major seed companies plus many smaller regional providers. If I found a trait package offered in at least one hybrid, from any company, it stayed on the current trait table.

To view the Handy Bt Trait Table for FIELD CORN click here.

In addition, DiFonzo provides a "walk through" of how to use the Table here.

To read the entire article click here.


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