Cutworms and Their Control in Corn and Other Cereal Crops Page: 3
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CUTWORMS AND THEIR CONTROL.
cutwormn moths will have laid their eggs thereon, and the less, con-
se( uently, will be the danger of injury by cutworms the following
Late fall and winter plowing of grasslands, although not as effec-
tive as early plowing, will destroy many of the hibernating ( it-
worms, as well as (such other important corn l)ests as white grubs,
and s ,old 1(1ble practiced when earlier plowing is impracticable.
Pasturing hogs upon land Sllul)posed to harbor (lltwOl'lns is a Ielle-
ficial practice, as these anllimals root ulip and devour insects of many
kin ds. includ(ling (lltw('Irms, in large u numbers. Fa'm poultry, if
trainedl to follow the plow, will l)'rove of inestimable value.
Wlien c tworms are found to be abundant on corn land, the lse of
the )poisoned bait is recommended. This may be prepared as follows:
Mix .30 pounds of wheat bran, ) pounds of Paris green, and 6 finely
(lop10)ed oranges or lemons. Then bring the whole mixture to the
(consistenc'y of.a stiff dough y the addl(lition of a low-grade molasses,
such as is used in cattle rations, adding water when necessary. Dis-
tribute this bait over the infected field in slall llmnps, taking care to
sl)rinkle it sparingly around each hill. In case bran can not be readily
obtained, tiddlings or alfalfa mneal may be successfully substituted.
In fields known to be infested, the distribution of this bait should
be started as soon as the corn begins to appl)lear' above g'roun(1 so that
the (twormnls nmay be eliminated as quickly as possible and the in-
jured hills pr(ilomptly replanted. I)uring the warmer spring months
('ltwoimis ( most of their feeding at niglt and burrow into the soil
to the (lel)tl of an inch or two (luring the d(lay, so that the h)Wit will
usually lbe more effective if applied during the late afternoon or
early evening h ours.
l"re(quently ctwormls migrate to cultivated fields from adjoining
grassland, and in such cases the (crops can lbe pl)rotected by running
a a rrowV band of the poisoned bait around the edge of the field or
along the side nearest the source of infestation.
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Walton, William Randolph, 1873-1952 & Davis, John J. (John June), 1885-1965. Cutworms and Their Control in Corn and Other Cereal Crops, pamphlet, 1916; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc85829/m1/3/: accessed January 21, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.