Effects of Selected Environmental Factors on Damaging Populations of Neoschongastia americana

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In 1972, the daily variation in degradable lesions caused by Neoschongastia americana (Hirst) on turkeys was highly correlated statistically with rainfall and high soil temperature at a depth of 5 cm. Therefore, an equation was derived and used to predict degradable lesions per turkey on range turkeys. Predictions of mite damage to turkeys made 5 days in advance in 1974 with this equation were within 1 degradable lesion per turkey of the actual counts. Turkeys on a 10 yr old range averaged; more lesions/bird than those on a 1 yr old range; turkeys on a new range had substantially fewer lesions than those on older ranges. Water applications to small turkey pens suppressed larval infestations by ca. 50%.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 1976

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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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