Influence of Planting Date on Sunflower Stem Weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) Larval Density and Parasitism in Oilseed and Confection Sunflower in Western Kansas

  title={Influence of Planting Date on Sunflower Stem Weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) Larval Density and Parasitism in Oilseed and Confection Sunflower in Western Kansas},
  author={Laurence D. Charlet and Robert M. Aiken},
  journal={Crop Management},
The sunflower stem weevil infests stalks of cultivated sunflower and can cause lodging resulting in loss of the head prior to harvest. Our objective was to determine whether altered planting periods could reduce weevil densities in confection and oilseed sunflower in the central High Plains production region. We evaluated impact of planting date by measuring larval density within sunflower stalks, larval parasitoid species present, and parasitization rates. Trials were conducted at Colby, KS… 

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