Evaluation of a Pest Control Technique: Fall-spray Control of Alfalfa Weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) in Alfalfa Fields
Authors: Roberts, S. J.; Zavaleta, L. R.; Grube, A. H.; Armbrust, E. J.; Pausch, R. D.
Source: Journal of Economic Entomology, Volume 80, Number 4, August 1987 , pp. 859-866(8)
Publisher: Entomological Society of America
Abstract:A procedure for control of adult alfalfa weevil, Hypera postica (Gyllenhal), during the fall was analyzed and compared with the common practice of treating in the spring when indications of crop damage appear. Insecticides were sprayed when the majority of adult weevils were present in a narrow band at the perimeter of an alfalfa field. Data were collected and analyzed to test hypotheses about effectiveness of this practice. A model for economic evaluation of this technique was developed using dimensions of the field and the area treated, costs of pesticides, and probability of an outbreak of alfalfa weevil the following spring. As a control tactic, the fall perimeter-spray technique may have advantages over other alfalfa weevil control methods because of lower costs, fewer personnel and equipment hours required, and lower environmental impacts.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 1987-08-01
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