Armstrong Research and Demonstration Farm
Plant-parasitic nematodes are microscopic worms that feed on plants. Almost every nematode that feeds on corn is capable of feeding on many other plants. These nematode parasites are thought to be native to most Iowa soils and to have fed upon native plants before corn was grown as a cultivated crop. Population densities (numbers) of most species of plant-parasitic nematodes that feed on corn have to increase to damaging levels (called damage thresholds) before yield loss occurs.
Products that are currently available to manage plant-parasitic nematodes on corn in the state include the soil-applied insecticide/nematicide Counter® and two relatively new protectant seed treatments, Avicta® and Votivo®.
Avicta® is a contact nematicide (active ingredient abamectin) that moves on the surface of the root, and Votivo® is a special strain of the natural soil bacterium Bacillus firmus that grows on the root. Avicta® is available from Syngenta Seedcare and Votivo® from Bayer CropScience.
The objective of this experiment was to assess and compare the nematode population densities and yields of corn growing in plots with and without the nematode-protectant seed treatments.
Iowa State University
Tylka, Gregory L.; Da Silva, Mychele Batista; Saeugling, R. Aaron; and Marlay, Stephanie, "Effects of Nematode-Protectant Seed Treatments on Corn Yields and Nematode Population Densities" (2012). Iowa State Research Farm Progress Reports. 4.