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Hill, R.E., Sparks, A.N., Burkhardt, C.C., Chiang, H.C., Fairchild, M.L. and Guthrie, W.D. (1967) European corn borer, Ostrinia nubilalis (Hbn.) populations in field corn, Zea mays (L.) in the north central United States (Research bulletin: Bulletin of the Agricultural Experiment Station of Nebraska No. 225)


ISSN 0097-1556

North Central Regional Publication No. 175


A long-range study of the annual changes in corn borer populations in the North Central States was started in Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska in 1955 and in Missouri and Ohio in 1956. This investigation was a phase of a broader Regional Project, NC-20, entitled "Factors Influencing Corn Borer Populations" and was undertaken to measure by standardized procedures the seasonal changes in abundance of the European corn borer, Ostrinia nubilalis (Hbn.), under cropping procedures in different locations within, the North Central States. Much valuable information has been accumulated on the abundance and effects of various physical and biotic factors on corn borer populations. Results obtained from 1955 through 1959 are summarized in a regional publication (Chiang et al. 1961). The present compilation and summary is offered as a companion bulletin containing data for the years 1960 through 1964. Although the primary purpose of the present bulletin is to present results for the 1960 to 1964 period, it seemed pertinent to include statements of comparison with the preceding 5-year's work and to analyze in a rather "gross way" certain aspects of the population changes for the entire 10-year period. Studies of this nature are long-time projects requiring many years of work in order to evaluate population fluctuations and factors influencing them. Hence the examination of the recent 5-year period becomes more meaningful when compared with the previous 5-year period or when considered as a single 10-year period.