Control of the Sugarcane Borer with Insecticides1

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In tests conducted in Louisiana in 1956, 1957, and 195R, good control of the sugarcane borer, Diatraea saccharalis (F.), was obtained from four biweekly applications of 2% endrin on 30-60 mesh RVM-AA attapulgite granules broadcast over cane fields at the approximate rate of 12 pounds per acre per application. Dust formulations of endrin were not always effective. There was no appreciable difference between the control obtained or yield increases resulting from eight weekly or four biweekly applications of endrin granules

While some insect control and yield response usually followed treatment with 40% ryania dust, this insecticide was inferior to endrin for controlling the sugarcane borer. An experimental granulated formulation containing 40% ryania gave no better control than the commercial preparation of 40% rvunia dust.

A granulated ThiodanĀ® (6,7,8,9,10,10-hexachloro-1,5,5a,6,9.9a-hexahydro -6,9-methan0-2,4,3-benzodioxathiepin-3-oxide) formulation was the only insecticide among several tested which gave borer control comparable to that resulting from end rill treatments.

Treatment with DDT resulted ill increased losses caused by the sugarcane borer.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 1959

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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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