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Evaluation of Populations and Control of the Western Bean Cutworm in Field Beans in Nebraska1

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Control studies were conducted on the western bean cutworm, Loxagrolis albicosta (Smith), in field beans in heavily infested areas of western Nebraska during 1958, 1959, and 1960. Because infestations vary from field to field, it was necessary to determine injurious population levels.

In all three tests SevinĀ® (1-naphthyl N-methylcarbamate), endosulfan (formerly known as Thiodan), and DDT gave good control. Aldrin as a soil treatment provided some control, however a combination of soil and foliage treatments was no better than foliage treatment alone. Other chemicals tested gave fair to poor control.

The tests conducted in 1959 and 1960 to determine injurious population levels indicated that populations slightly above 1.11 cutworms per square foot caused a reduction in grade of the beans. The total yield was not affected by the feeding of the cutworm.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 1963

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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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