The chinch bug in relation to St. Augustine grass
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Published by U.S. Dept. of Agriculture in Washington, D.C .
Written in English

Subjects:

  • Chinch-bugs,
  • Grasses,
  • Diseases and pests

Book details:

Edition Notes

Statementby R.N. Wilson
SeriesCircular / United States Department of Agriculture -- no. 51, Circular (United States. Dept. of Agriculture) -- no. 51.
The Physical Object
Pagination7 p. :
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL25513098M
OCLC/WorldCa15910710

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