Last week, staff from the National Corn Growers Association took to the fields of South Dakota taping video footage to be used in updates of the group’s online Insect Resistance Module. This footage, which features NCGA Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team Chair Chad Blindauer of Mitchell, S.D., will be used along with interviews taped late this summer to create a module that helps to explain insect resistance management in an accessible manner and features actual explanations from real farmers about the practices implemented on their farms.
“The IRM calculator and module have been a great help to growers and, through the improvements underway, NCGA hopes to make them an even more effective tool,” said Blindauer. “Insect resistance management is incredibly important as it allows traits to function at the best level possible until improved varieties are made available. We hope that, by explaining this in a manner that is both clearly applicable and accessible, we can help even more farmers to understand the importance of carefully taking the necessary precautions in their operations every year on every acre.”
The video interview highlights the importance of biotechnology at the farm level, the cost savings these products can offer, the importance of proper stewardship, refuge planting rationale and procedure and the tools that NCGA offers farmers. The videos in the new module will also feature a similar interview with Jim Zimmerman of Rosendale, Wisc., the action team’s vice chair.
On a break from filming, the staff toured the Corn Palace, which is also in Mitchell, S.D. Originally established as The Corn Belt Exposition in 1892, the palace was created to prove the fertility of South Dakota soil by featuring representations of the fruits of local harvest on the building’s exterior. The third incarnation of the physical structure, completed in 1921, still stands today as a tribute to modern agriculture, with murals designed by local artists highlighting new theme each year.
“It was really energizing to visit somewhere so totally dedicated to the wonders of agriculture,” said NCGA Online Marketing Manager Jennifer Hausman. “Both farmers and those of us working on their behalf remain committed to continuous improvement, and the IRM module filming highlights an area in which we can continually fine tune our work. The Corn Palace was amazing in that it helped us keep in perspective on the incredible things that farmers accomplish every year.”