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Methiocarb for preventing blackbird damage to sprouting rice

  • Author(s): Mott, Donald F.
  • Guarino, Joseph L.
  • Schafer, E. W., Jr.
  • Cunningham, Donald J.
  • et al.

Seed rice was treated with 0.25% methiocarb to test its effectiveness as a blackbird repellent in Vermilion Parish, Louisiana in the spring of 1975. Two replications of 3 treated and 3 untreated plots showed 68% more seedlings in treated plots (2,393) than in untreated plots (1,429). Half as many birds (chiefly redwing blackbirds, Agelaius phoeniceus, were recorded in treated (1.18/min) as in untreated plots (2.39/min).

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