Corn Earworm Management: A Survey of Organic Sweet Corn Growers

The objectives of this project are to attain information about the corn earworm management strategies of organic sweet corn growers. This information will be used to achieve two outcomes: creation of an extension publication about corn earworm management strategies, aimed at organic farmers, and collection of data that will inform longer-term efforts of developing earworm-resistant sweet corn cultivars for organic farmers.

Data will be collected using a survey of all Certified Organic sweet corn growers in the United States. The survey will contain questions pertaining to general pest management, corn earworm management (including inputs and labor costs), level of corn earworm control typically achieved, and the level of control necessary for the markets in which they sell. The survey will be designed in consultation with organic sweet corn growers and other stakeholders with knowledge of corn earworm.