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Decision-making Related to Use of Soil Insecticides by Indiana Corn Farmers

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Soil insecticide decision patterns of Indiana corn farmers were determined through a mail questionnaire. Corn farmers consider themselves to be the primary information source for all insect management decisions although local chemical dealers rank only slightly behind. In instances where chemical dealers were the primary decision makers for insect management, usage of soil insecticides was higher than where farmers themselves or county agents acted as primary decision makers.

Corn farmers, while generally perceiving their soil insect problems as light or uncertain of infestation levels, in many such cases elected to use a soil insectcide in an insurance fashion.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 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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