Insect damage that occurs below the soil surface is difficult to predict. It is equally difficult to evaluate the need for an insecticide treatment with seed-attacking insects. Wireworms, seedcorn beetles, slender seedcorn beetles, and seedcorn maggots are minor soil-inhabiting pests that occasionally cause stand loss by feeding on germinating seeds or young shoots and roots prior to emergence.
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