Economic Feasibility of Scouting Soybean Insects in Late Summer In Virginia

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Scouting soybeans in Virginia is economically feasible with existing labor and insect treatment costs, present insect treatment practices, and at work efficiencies obtained in 2 years of study. In 1972, 36 fields averaging 23.9 acres were scouted for 4 weeks in Middlesex County at a cost of 7.2¢/acre/week. In 1973, 32 fields averaging 27.0 acres were scouted for 6 weeks in Virginia Beach at a cost of 5.5¢/acre/week. The percentage of insect control costs spent before insect populations reached levels at which Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University recommends control was 87.2% in Middlesex County and 89.7% in Virginia Beach. Elimination of unnecessary control costs would have yielded net savings per dollar of outlay equal to $4.54 in 1972 and $3.13 in 1973.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 1974

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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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