Corn Pest Management

Corn field trial

Grain yield reductions and losses in grain quality due to insect pests are a constant problem in the Southeast. Control options include cultural practices to prevent or avoid injury, transgenic Bt corn, at-planting insecticides (including seed treatments), and foliar insecticides. Research is being conducted at the Pee Dee Research and Education Center to assess the efficacy of Bt corn and insecticide coated seeds. Because pest pressure can vary substantially throughout the season, planting date is being investigated as a cultural practice to reduce insect injury in field corn.

For more information regarding corn research in South Carolina, visit the Edisto Research Education Center corn research page or contact Dr. Francis Reay-Jones.  For more information regarding Clemson Extension's accepted corn farming practices, click here.