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Across Eastern Canada, growers have faced an uphill battle managing pest pressures in corn. Insects like Western bean cutworm have increased in population, year after year, spreading to more regions across Ontario and Quebec. These pests damage corn ears and leave the crop vulnerable to mold and other diseases. But growers have a tool to defend their crop against these yield-robbing insects before their seed is even in the ground.

The first step is selecting the right trait to lay the foundation for the rest of the season. Trait technology can offer insect control or suppression from day one, allowing growers to get ahead of pests before they even become a problem.

Trecepta® RIB Complete® is Bayer’s latest corn trait, helping growers gain broad-spectrum control of above-ground pests, including European corn borer, fall armyworm, corn earworm, black cutworm and Western bean cutworm. The trait combines three unique modes of action for more complete insect control, and is built on the proven performance of VT Double PRO® technology.

“Choosing a trait with more than one mode of action can provide control of a wider spectrum of above-ground pests,” says Brock Smith, Bayer Market Development Representative.  “The added benefit of a Vip3A protein can make a big difference, especially for growers dealing with higher Western bean cutworm and black cutworm pressure. Stacking these modes of action is also an effective management practice to help delay the potential for trait resistance from corn earworm.”

Although yield losses from Western bean cutworm has estimated to reach up to 15 bu/ac,* insect infestation is only half the battle. In fact, the residual damage from insect feeding is often of greater importance. Feeding insects can open up the corn ear and allow for mold and mycotoxin development, affecting grain quality and marketability at the end of the season.

With broad-spectrum protection against above-ground pests, Trecepta technology can be part of a tailored solution to reduce Gibberella ear rot and DON infections in corn, when used in combination with a fungicide and other management techniques. Trecepta also contains Roundup Ready® 2 Technology, allowing farmers to apply a Roundup® branded herbicide for effective weed control.

“A good pest management strategy considers more than just yield,” says Smith. “Trecepta technology delivers maximum protection to reduce yield loss and improve grain quality, helping to put more grain in the bin and more money in the bank.”**

Talk to your local seed partner for more on Trecepta RIB Complete corn, or visit

* Source: Baute T., Smith, J., and Schaafsma, A. 2018. Western Bean Cutworm: Scouting and Management in Field Corn. Field Crop News.
**Where Western Bean Cutworms were present, tested corn hybrids containing the Trecepta trait had higher yields and quality than tested corn hybrids not containing the Trecepta trait. Source: Market Development Trials (2017-2018) n=11.
Bayer is a member of Excellence Through Stewardship® (ETS). Bayer products are commercialized in accordance with ETS Product Launch Stewardship Guidance, and in compliance with Bayer’s Policy for Commercialization of Biotechnology-Derived Plant Products in Commodity Crops. These products have been approved for import into key export markets with functioning regulatory systems. Any crop or material produced from these products can only be exported to, or used, processed or sold in countries where all necessary regulatory approvals have been granted. It is a violation of national and international law to move material containing biotech traits across boundaries into nations where import is not permitted. Growers should talk to their grain handler or product purchaser to confirm their buying position for these products. Excellence Through Stewardship® is a registered trademark of Excellence Through Stewardship.
ALWAYS READ AND FOLLOW PESTICIDE LABEL DIRECTIONS. Roundup Ready® 2 Technology contains genes that confer tolerance to glyphosate. Glyphosate will kill crops that are not tolerant to glyphosate. Insect control technology provided by Vip3A is utilized under license from Syngenta Crop Protection AG. Bayer, Bayer Cross, RIB Complete®, Roundup Ready 2 Technology and Design™, Roundup Ready®, Trecepta® and VT Double PRO® are registered trademarks of Bayer Group. Used under license. Agrisure Viptera® is a registered trademark of a Syngenta group company. ©2021 Bayer Group. All rights reserved.

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