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Insecticides to control sorghum midge Contarinia sorghicola (Coq.)

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Rossiter, P.D. (1977) Insecticides to control sorghum midge Contarinia sorghicola (Coq.). Queensland Journal of Agricultural and Animal Sciences, 34 (2). pp. 147-150.



To determine a suitable alternative to DDT for the control of Contarinia sorghicola (Coq.) on sorghum, 7 insecticides (including DDT) were tested as high-volume sprays at intervals of 3-4 days during the flowering period in Queensland in 1969-71. Efficacy was assessed in terms of seed set. Monocrotophos, diazinon and carbaryl showed promise in screening trials, and were carried through to dosage level trials. Monocrotophos at 280 g/ha was the most effective but has been reported to be phytotoxic to sorghum. The next most effective compound, diazinon (applied at 280 g/ha), has become a general recommendation for the control of C. sorghicola in Queensland. ADDITIONAL ABSTRACT: In field trials on the Darling Downs in Queensland in 1969-71 the effect of 7 insecticides on the grain yield of plants infested with sorghum midge was studied. Monocrotophos, DDT, diazinon and carbaryl at 730 1/ha increased sorghum grain yield from 1.51 to 5.23, 6.02, 4.48 and 4.85 kg/plot, resp.

Item Type:Article
Corporate Creators:Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland
Keywords:control; insecticides; DDT; monocrotophos; diazinon; carbaryl; toxicity; plant pests; pesticides; cereals; chemical control; pest control; agricultural entomology Agricultural Entomology; Field Crops
Subjects:Plant culture > Field crops > Grain. Cereals
Plant pests and diseases > Pest control and treatment of diseases. Plant protection > Pesticides
Live Archive:04 Mar 2024 01:56
Last Modified:16 Apr 2024 23:44

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