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Annual report Waupaca County Agricultural Agent: 1937
(1937)

Grasshopper and cutworm control,   pp. 10-11 PDF (609.5 KB)


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  (Potatoes, Cont.)
  made its appearance in a high percentage of the potato fields and
  it is the principal cause of the poor stands that have been so
  noticeable this year.
       If such weather conditions continue it appears that in order
 to continue growing potatoes it will be necessary to secure seed
 from northern counties where "yellow dwarf" does not exist.
      During the past year some assistance has been given farmers
 in securing good seed.  A small shipment of Irish Cobbler potatoes
 was brought in from Prince Edward Isle# Canada. These proved to
 be excellent seed potatoes. It is hoped that a plan can be worked
 out where farmers will be given assistance in securing the seed
 that they need and at a reasonable price.
      A potato institute dealing with the present problems of potato
 production is being held at Scandinavia on November 19. This is
 one of four similar meetings that are being held in the State.
      Continued assistance is being planned to assist potato growers
 to meet the present problems. No doubt some definite plan will be
 put into effect which will aid growers to secure new seed from
 northern counties.
                Grasshopper and Cutworm Control
      Grasshoppers and cutworms have been increasing in number for
 the last several years.
      Special studies are now under way at the experiment stations
in an effort to discover more about the habits of cutworms so that
control measures might be more effective. Fall plowing and the use
of poison bait are now the two recommended methods of control.
     Efforts have been made to keep grasshoppers under control
through the use of poisoned bait. However in past years control
measures have not been put into effect soon enough in order to
secure the maximum control.
     During the past year poison in drum lots was distributed to
12 townships. A number of these townships established mixing
stations where the bait was mixed and distributed to persons within
their township. In addition to this 174 persons called at the Coun-
ty Agentls Office for small quantities of poison that they mixed
themselves.
     The poison that was used has been secured without direct cost
to the County through the State Department of Agriculture and Mar-
kets.
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