Controlling European Corn Borer (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) on Successionally Planted Sweet Corn in Western Massachusetts

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European corn borer (ECB), Ostrinia nubilalis (Hübner), is a major pest of sweet corn in the northeastern United States, and is the focus of most sweet corn integrated pest management programs in this area. ECB can be effectively controlled, using fewer insecticide applications, when sprays are properly timed. There is no need to apply an insecticide to control ECB until the moths are active and the plant has reached the pretassel stage of development. One to two insecticide applications were needed following the end of the first flight; however, no additional applications were needed until after the beginning of the second flight. Once the second flight occurred, weekly applications to plants in the pretassel stage or older were necessary until harvest.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 1985

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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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