Bug Scout 1978
Early Harvest Reduced Corn Borer Damage
(Tom Turpin, Entomologist, Purdue University)
I didn't think he was listening when I said immediate harvest would reduce corn borer loss.
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October 7, 1978

Some entomologists claim that a grain dryer is the best corn borer control device available.  That's because much of the yield loss due to corn borer results from dropped ears.  The longer the corn stands in the field, the more stalk breakage and lost ears.

This year it will probably pay to plan your harvest schedule with corn borer-damaged fields in mind.  Those fields with high borer damage or stalk rot should be harvested as soon as possible.  Otherwise you may have to depend on cows or sows to glean dropped ears all next winter.

by Tom Turpin, Entomologist, Purdue University

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