A Power Tool for Sampling Soil for Insects

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The Entomology Research Division and the Amalgamated and Utah-Idaho Sugar Companies have conducted a cooperative study of methods of controlling the sugarbeet root maggot, Tetanops myopaeformis (Röder). Taking soil samples to a depth of 12 in. to determine the presence of larval populations was a necessary step in the research. Each soil sample was taken so that it included a sugar-beet plant in the center. For this work, a poweroperated soil digger, or sampler, was constructed and mounted on the rear of a tractor, as shown in Fig. 1.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 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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