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Final Evaluation of 1994 Boll Weevil Bait Stick Test in Noxubee County, MS

Bill McGovern, Eric Villavaso, Gerald McKibben


In 1994, the Integrated Pest Management Research Unit, in conjunction with USDA-APHIS, undertook a County Bait Stick Test involving 5,500 acres of cotton in Noxubee County Mississippi. Four applications of bait sticks were made at a ratio of approximately one bait stick per acre; two applications were made in the spring and two in the fall. The efficacy of this technology was evaluated the following spring with traps (one per acre) serviced by APHIS. The authors have concluded that the test was a success based on a comparison with a near-by county (Lowndes) and a farm in Noxubee County, all of which received seven diapause applications of malathion instead of the bait stick treatment. The authors strongly support the use of bait sticks in area-wide programs with low populations of boll weevils and cotton fields of moderate size (50 or more acres) out in open areas.

Reprinted from Proceedings of the 1996 Beltwide Cotton Conferences pp. 994 - 997
©National Cotton Council, Memphis TN

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