Corn Insects: Update on Management Options for Maximizing Returns

January 2024 | 20 min., 27 sec.
by Don Cook
Mississippi State University

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​Field corn production in Mississippi can be affected by a complex of soil insect pests, including southern corn rootworm, wireworms, seed corn maggot, and white grubs. These pests are usually present in corn fields at planting, and while the infestations are generally sporadic, large infestations can severely reduce yield if not managed. In addition to sanitation and cleaning, effective management involves grain distribution and aeration and stored grain insect management.

About the Presenter

Don CookDon Cook received his BS from Northeast Louisiana University (now University of Louisiana at Monroe) and his MS in Agronomy and PhD in Entomology from Louisiana State University. He worked as a research associate and post-doctoral researcher with the LSU AgCenter for thirteen years, during which he completed his PhD Don worked as an extension entomologist in Northeast Mississippi for two years at the Northeast Mississipp​i Research and Extension Center at Verona. He currently is an entomologist at the MSU Delta Research and Extension Center at Stoneville working on insect pest management issues primarily in corn and soybeans, but also with cotton, rice, and stored grain insect pests.​

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