Theses and Dissertations


Crow, Whitney D.

Committee Member

Cook, Donald R.

Committee Member

Gore, Jeffrey

Committee Member

Catchot, Angus L., Jr.

Date of Degree


Original embargo terms

Immediate Worldwide Access

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Agricultural Life Sciences (Entomology)

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology


Soybean looper and corn earworm are economically damaging pests in Mississippi soybeans. Chemical control plays a large role in the control of these pests. Some producers have started applying an automatic co-application of insecticide and fungicide at the R3 growth stage. Insect growth regulators are a commonly used insecticide for this management strategy. The purpose of this research was to evaluate the impact of insect growth regulators on soybean looper and corn earworm mortality when applied with an automatic fungicide application at the R3 growth stage in soybean. Insecticide treatments included methoxyfenozide, diflubenzuron, and novaluron. These insect growth regulators showed very little control and mortality, especially when compared to chlorantraniliprole, which has become an industry standard for control of lepidopteran pest control of in soybean. The automatic application of an insect growth regulator insecticide with a fungicide at the R3 growth was not viable for economic insect management strategies.