Submitted to: Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 7/1/2007
Publication Date: 12/9/2007
Citation: Ni, X., Sparks, A.N., Riley, D.G. 2007. Impact of vegetable oils on ear-feeding insect damage in sweet corn. Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting, December 9-12, 2007, San Diego, California.
Interpretive Summary: not required
Technical Abstract: Impact of applying vegetable oils onto sweet corn silks on corn earworm damage and sap beetle population at harvest was evaluated in 2006 and 2007. Six vegetable oils used in this experiment were canola, corn, olive, peanut, sesame, and soybean oils. Two commercial plant-based oils (Sun-spray' and Neemix') and water were used as controls for the experiment. Oil application was performed at two developmental stages (pre- and post-pollination) of the sweet corn plants. At pre-harvest, corn earworm damage ratings and sap beetle populations were recorded and compared. Ramification of this experiment would also be discussed.