An Experiment on Stem Borer Control on Maize

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1956
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Coaker, T.H.
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Stem borer attack on cereals is generally regarded as causing severe damage. The assessment of stem borer attack is discussed by Jepson (1954), who states that in experimental work using chemical control methods to demonstrate its pest status, difficulties are encountered in experimental design, since the smaller the plot (below half-acre in size) the greater the chance of cross-infection between plots. Duerden (1953) suggests that a universal insecticidal "blanket" treatment over the whole area would give a more effective control, and could be compared with an equal, untreated area. In the following account the use of both methods is reported. Control of stem borer was satisfactory, but no increases in yield were obtained. The possible reasons for this are discussed
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East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, XXI (No. 4), pp. 220-224
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