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Wireworm Damage to Potatoes in the Yakima Valley of Washington

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Wireworms are generally considered one of the major insect pests of potatoes in this country. Many investigators in various states have reported wireworm damage to potatoes as of considerable economic importance. Hawkins (1930), in Maine, reports injury both to potato plants and to the tubers by wireworms. Rawlins & MacLeod (1935) report the wheat wireworm, Agriotes mancus (Say), and the eastern field wireworm, Limonius ectyjpus (Say), as injurious to potato tubers in certain potato growing districts of New York state. Glen, King & Arnason (1936) report wireworms as doing serious and widespread damage to potatoes in the Province of Saskatchewan, Canada. Hawkins (1936) points out that potatoes are a crop particularly susceptible to wireworm attack in Maine and the greatest annual loss to the crops of that state is that caused to potatoes by wireworms. Reports indicating similar damage have been made by many state and federal workers.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 1939

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  • 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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