Despite what they may be thinking now, Midwest grain farmers and backyard gardeners alike may be thankful for the recent arctic temperatures before 2014 is out.
Farmers are dealing with a late summer drought, but University of Illinois Extension said they should be thinking about threats to next year’s crop as well.
There have been reports recently of the western corn rootworm becoming resistant to the genetically modified crops designed to protect against them.
Insect scientists say federal regulators need to take action against a growing pest problem in biotech corn.
They say corn rootworm has started to become resistant to Monsanto’s Bt corn, which is genetically engineered to resist the damaging and costly pest.
The 22 scientists expressed their concerns in a letter sent to EPA last week.