Advances in United States Sweet Corn and Snap Bean Insect Pest Management

  • W. D. Hutchison
  • B. Flood
  • J. A. Wyman


Sweet corn, Zea mays L., and snap beans, Phaseolus vulgaris L., are important vegetable crops in the United States. In addition to fresh-market production, both crops provide added economic diversification to traditional field corn and soybean producers in the Midwest and eastern US via contracts with the processing industry. Sweet corn is produced on ca. 250,000 ha each year with an estimated value for processing at US$ 1000/ha. Nearly 45% of the total sweet corn for processing is concentrated within the midwestern US states of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois. The total, national on-farm value is estimated at US$ 800 million (Pike 2003). Demand in the US continues to grow with consumption estimated to be ca. 14 kg per person, per year (fresh, canned, frozen; Pike 2003). Snap beans are grown for processing on about 100,000 ha nationally, with an on-farm value of ca. US$ 140 million (Delahaut et al. 2001). Production is limited primarily to eight states, with considerable production in Wisconsin and Illinois.


Integrate Pest Management Sweet Corn European Corn Borer Pheromone Trap Soybean Aphid 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. D. Hutchison
    • 1
  • B. Flood
    • 2
  • J. A. Wyman
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of EntomologyUniversity of MinnesotaSt. PaulUSA
  2. 2.Del Monte Corp.RochelleUSA
  3. 3.Department of EntomologyUniversity of WisconsinMadisonUSA

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