Low-Volume Concentrate Sprays Applied by Aircraft for Control of the Cereal Leaf Beetle

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Research was undertaken to control the adult and larval stages of the cereal leaf beetle, Oulema melanopa (L.), by aerial application of insecticides. Low volume applications of technical malathion applied without a carrier from an altitude of 50 ft were compared with a standard application of 1 lb of carbaryl in 1 gal of water per acre. The effect of BanolĀ® (6-chloro-3,4-xylyl methylcarbamate) was compared to that of carbaryl.

Aerial applications of concentrate sprays of technical malathion from an altitude of 50 ft were very effective against cereal leaf beetle adults, but were only moderately effective against the larvae. Control of 97% of adult populations was obtained with an application of 2.5 liquid ounces (3.2 oz actual toxicant) per acre. The more conventional spray using water as a carrier with three times as much insecticide per acre was not effective. Banol controlled cereal leaf beetle larvae at the rate of 0.5 lb of toxicant in 1 gal of water per acre.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 1965

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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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