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Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / The Wisconsin horticulturist: issued monthly, under the management of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society for the purpose of disseminating the horticultural information collected through the agency of the society
Vol. I, No. 5 (July 1896)

How to fight the cutworm,   p. 26 PDF (194.6 KB)

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a barrel having a capacity of about fifty gallons. The liquid
was pumped into a gas pipe which was supported upon a light
framne at the rear of the wheels. This pipe was fitted with
four discharges to vhich nozzles could be attached. Four
rows wvere sprayed at once, the wvork being fairly well accom-
plished as the horse wvalked across the field. M1r. Ware drove
and puiipewd at the same tine, and the machine worked
without a breakl. The plants were uniformly although rather
lightly covered, and the maelinle was pronounced a decided
success by the four orn fi%-e lundldred people who saw it in op-
C 'utw orm'1s are uuiore destructive than ever this  Oieal. On
Long Island. from 5 to 20 worms are found about the roots
of everv cabbage plant in some sections, and complaints of
its ravlges ale wVidespread. In addition to the partial reme-
dies describe(d ini our last issue, trapping the woruis under
boards which have been placed on the ground and then in the
lu1ornin.g destroyilng the wormis which have congregated will
diminiish their number. A tablespoonful of a mixture of paris
green wvith fine wheat bran and a, little sugar scattered on
boards or stiff paper near the plants will kill many. Plow-
ing the infested hlnd in the fall gives the birds a chance to
destroy many of them. Kainit or nuiriate of potash applied
liberallv as a fertilizer has been found beneficial. These are
the prinucipal remedies employed but an infallible preventive
or Cure hIaS vet to be found. Somne success is following the use
in Gerinany of bisulpbide of carbon injected into the soil by
a recently invented French apparatus. The same insecticide
put into the soil about the plants with a _McGowen injector
is effective against the cabbage root miaggot and is worthyv of
trial against cutwVorms and wire wvorIms. Our American ex-
perilelnt stations onughlt to test this and other methods of
sterilizing the soil against inswet pests.

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