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Farmers’ Perspectives On Resistance In Western Corn Rootworm To Crw-Bt Corn In Midwest Usa, David A. Andow, Robert J. Wright, Erin W. Hodgson, Thomas E. Hunt, Kenneth R. Ostlie Mar 2017

Farmers’ Perspectives On Resistance In Western Corn Rootworm To Crw-Bt Corn In Midwest Usa, David A. Andow, Robert J. Wright, Erin W. Hodgson, Thomas E. Hunt, Kenneth R. Ostlie

Entomology Publications

Resistance in western corn rootworm to transgenic corn hybrids was first confirmed in 2011 in Midwestern USA, and threatens their continued use. Farmers are often the first line of resistance detection, so their understanding and attitudes toward this issue are critical for improving resistance management. We conducted telephone focus groups during 2013 with farmers who had experienced rootworm resistance. There were four stages in dealing with unexpected rootworm injury: Awareness of a problem, diagnosis, confirmation, and recommendations. Most farmers discovered the problem themselves, but this usually happened too late in the growing season to limit yield loss. Once aware of ...


Understanding Corn Belt Farmer Perspectives On Climate Change To Inform Engagement Strategies For Adaptation And Mitigation, J. G. Arbuckle Jr., J. Hobbs, A. Loy, L. W. Morton, L. W. Prokopy, J. Tyndall Jan 2014

Understanding Corn Belt Farmer Perspectives On Climate Change To Inform Engagement Strategies For Adaptation And Mitigation, J. G. Arbuckle Jr., J. Hobbs, A. Loy, L. W. Morton, L. W. Prokopy, J. Tyndall

Sociology Publications

Development of extension and outreach that effectively engage farmers in climate change adaptation and/or mitigation activities can be informed by an improved understanding of farmers' perspectives on climate change and related impacts. This research employed latent class analysis (LCA) to analyze data from a survey of 4,778 farmers from 11 US Corn Belt states. The research focused on two related research questions: (1) to what degree do farmers differ on key measures of beliefs about climate change, experience with extreme weather, perceived risks to agriculture, efficacy, and level of support for public and private adaptive and mitigative action ...


Assessment Of Iowa Soybean Growers For Insect Pest Management Practices, Erin W. Hodgson, Mari R. Kemis, Brandi N. Geisinger Aug 2012

Assessment Of Iowa Soybean Growers For Insect Pest Management Practices, Erin W. Hodgson, Mari R. Kemis, Brandi N. Geisinger

Entomology Publications

In 2009, Iowa soybean growers were surveyed about current insect pest management practices. The purpose was to better understand how often growers were scouting and what they perceived as the primary pests in Iowa soybean. Soybean aphid is the primary pest throughout the state. There was a 1423% increase of insecticides applied to soybean since 2000. Respondents indicated they are regularly scouting for soybean insects to make treatment decisions. Iowa growers are getting pest management information via Extension and industry.


Farmer, Agent, And Specialist Perspectives On Preferences For Learning Among Today's Farmers, Nancy K. Franz, Fred Piercy, Joseph Donaldson, Johnnie Westbrook, Robert Richard Jun 2010

Farmer, Agent, And Specialist Perspectives On Preferences For Learning Among Today's Farmers, Nancy K. Franz, Fred Piercy, Joseph Donaldson, Johnnie Westbrook, Robert Richard

Extension and Outreach Research and Scholarship

Few studies have examined the types of educational delivery methods preferred by farmers (Eckert & Bell, 2005; Eckert & Bell, 2006). The research project reported here explored the preferred learning methods of farmers in Louisiana, Tennessee, and Virginia. Data on learning methods collected directly from farmers were compared with preferred teaching methods of Extension agents and specialists. The findings should shape agent and specialist perspectives on appropriate educational delivery methods when educating farmers and working towards farmer adoption of new practices.