Report on the Noxious and Beneficial Insects of the State of Illinois Volume 15-17

Report on the Noxious and Beneficial Insects of the State of Illinois Volume 15-17

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1889 edition. Excerpt: ...flying abundantly early in spring. These were harbingers of the hosts "which have devastated the fields of spring wheat and barley all through the central counties of Illinois, and also in parts of Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, and the southern border of Nebraska." Believes that by abandoning the raising of spring wheat and barley (if driven to the necessity) we can get rid of the chinch bug, --although he notes rare instances where the insect seems to have bred in oats. Never before spread over so large an area. i No heavy cold rain in June, which, so far as known, is the only destructive agency that operates against the chinch bug to any great extent. Knows of no predaceous or parasitic enemies. A correspondent calls attention to absence of chinch bugs from corn about which ants have thrown their hillocks of sand. Prospect for small grain in 1872 is discouraging. If the damage were confined to small areas, LeBaron would advise abandonment of spring wheat and barley; but says the matter assumes a more serious aspect, when we consider that more than half of Illinois and considerable portions of Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, and Nebraska are affected. The alternative of giving up wheat altogether and planting only corn would answer for a small area, but not for. a large one, because of the effect on supply and demand. Every one must use his own judgment; but we can see no other rational course than to abandon spring wheat and barley wherever chinch bugs have prevailed the present season, and run the chances upon winter wheat; rye, and other staple crops. When myriads of bugs have settled on a wheat field nothing can be done. Plowed furrows and boards set edgewise and smeared with coal-tar have been used to obstruct ' passage from one field...
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  • Paperback | 214 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 390g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236852850
  • 9781236852854