Corn Borer Control and the Ten Million Dollar Clean-Up Campaign
Author: WORTHLE, L. H.
Source: Journal of Economic Entomology, Volume 21, Number 1, February 1928 , pp. 230-235(6)
Publisher: Entomological Society of America
Abstract:The European corn borer, Pyrausta nubilalis Hubn., was discovered near Boston, Mass., in 1917 and in the Lake Erie region in 1919. In 1922, an area of 5,836 square miles was known to be infested in the Lake region. In 1926 this had increased to 68,380 square miles. Intensity of infestation had increased to alarming numbers in 1926.
The International Corn Borer Committee was appointed in 1926. Ten million dollars ($10,000,000) were appropriated by the 69th Congress to carry out the 1927 spring clean-up campaign. Direction of the work centered in the Bureau of Entomology field headquarters at Toledo, Ohio.
The "clean-up" area comprised 2,500,000 acres of corn land. The funds were available March 14, and actual field work started March 21. The work was placed largely in the hands of the United States Department of Agriculture by the States. GoveInment equipment was used on 170,000 acres, of which 68,000 acres were treated under compulsory regulations; 202,338 farms were visited on which there were 2,505,005 acres of corn; 185,000 farms satisfactorily passed inspection and received the extra labor fee; 4,000 field and road units were used in the work and over an area of 35,000 square miles as many as 7,000 men were employed at one time.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 1928-02-01
- Journal of Economic Entomology is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December. The journal publishes articles on the economic significance of insects and is divided into the following sections: apiculture & social insects; arthropods in relation to plant disease; forum; insecticide resistance and resistance management; ecotoxicology; biological and microbial control; ecology and behavior; sampling and biostatistics; household and structural insects; medical entomology; molecular entomology; veterinary entomology; forest entomology; horticultural entomology; field and forage crops, and small grains; stored-product; commodity treatment and quarantine entomology; and plant resistance. In addition to research papers, Journal of Economic Entomology publishes Letters to the Editor, interpretive articles in a Forum section, Short Communications, Rapid Communications, and Book Reviews.
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