Bug Scout 1980
Don't Take Recommendations for Granted
(Tom Turpin, Entomologist, Purdue University)
Looks like its gonna take awhile to decide which insecticide to recommend.
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November 1, 1980

Insecticide recommendations come from various sources.  Pesticide manufacturers, agrichemical distributors, university personnel, seed corn salesmen, friend, and neighbors all make insecticide recommendations.  Not all them are in agreement.

Consider the following points when choosing a soil insecticide.

-Is an insecticide treatment needed?
-What pest or pests are to be controlled?
-How consistent is the performance of the insecticide?  Does it work in some fields but not others?
-How good is the insecticide when it works?
-Is the insecticide influenced by environmental conditions?

The next time you get an insecticide recommendation, consider the source!  Ask questions.  When it comes to buying insecticides, there may be more than meets the eye, ear, or nose!

by Tom Turpin, Entomologist, Purdue University

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