FROM NEW YORK TO TEXAS is a subheading in an article in Progressive Farmer about how trials of biocontrol nematodes for managing corn rootworm in Texas got their start as a way to manage alfalfa snout beetle in northern New York.
In the story titled “Invasion of the Rootworm Snatchers. . . Can they save Bt corn?,” DTN Staff Reporter Emily Unglesbee interviews Cornell entomologist Elson Shields who, with a year-to-year, long-term funding commitment by the farmer-driven Northern New York Agricultural Development Program (NNYADP), pioneered the science that has become a protocol for the use of entomopathogenic nematodes for pest management in field crops (and some berry crops as NNYADP research projects have proven).