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Agricultural Research Service

Title: Chemical control of the Mexican rice borer in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas, 2008

Authors
item Akbar, Waseem - LOUISIANA STATE UNIVER
item Beuzelin, Julien - LOUISIANA STATE UNIVER
item Reagan, Thomas - LOUISIANA STATE UNIVER
item SHOWLER, ALLAN
item Trolinger, Jim - FARMER

Submitted to: Arthropod Management Tests
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: February 19, 2009
Publication Date: December 15, 2009
Citation: Akbar, W., Beuzelin, J., Reagan, T., Showler, A., Trolinger, J. 2009. Chemical control of the Mexican rice borer in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas, 2008. Arthropod Management Tests. 34:1-3.

Interpretive Summary: There are no reliably effective controls for the Mexican rice borer on sugarcane in South Texas, and the pest is spreading to rice-growing areas of Texas and Louisiana. A small-plot insecticide test was conducted in South Texas during the summer of 2008 to identify compounds that suppress injury to sugarcane by the Mexican rice borer. All six insecticides reduced injury, particularly flubendiamide.

Technical Abstract: There are no reliably effective controls for the Mexican rice borer on sugarcane in South Texas, and the pest is spreading to rice-growing areas of Texas and Louisiana. A small-plot insecticide test comparing six insecticides was conducted in South Texas during the summer of 2008 to identify compounds that suppress injury to sugarcane by the Mexican rice borer. The insecticides were tebufenozide, novaluron, gamma-cyhalothrin, flubendiamide, rynaxypyr, and B cyfluthrin. All of the insecticides reduced bored sugarcane internodes by >69%, but the most effective was flubendiamide which reduced bored internodes by 88.3%.

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