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Fall Army Worm: Enemy of the Corn Crop

Fall Army Worm: Enemy of the Corn Crop

लेखक - Dr. Pramod Murari | 21/11/2020

Fall army worm can be considered as the biggest enemy of maize crop. Like locusts, this insect can also destroy the entire crop of maize. This insect was first seen in the year 2018 in the state of Karnataka, India. After this, this pest also caused havoc in Bangalore, Hassan, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh. If this pest is not controlled in time, then its dire consequences can be seen. If you do not know the harm and prevention measures caused by this insect, then read this post carefully.

What is Fall Army Worm?

It is a omnivorous insect of the family of tobacco caterpillars. The female insect can lay eggs up to 10 times in her lifetime. The female moth lays 50 to 200 eggs at a time. A female insect lays 1700 to 2000 eggs in her lifetime. From this, the rapid growth of this insect can be estimated. It takes 3 to 4 days for the larvae to hatch from all the eggs. After this, the larva turns into a pupa in about 14 to 22 days. It takes about 7 to 13 days for the pupa to become an adult. This insect can travel up to 100 kilometers per day.

damages caused

  • They cause heavy damage to the crop by eating almost all parts of the plants.

  • The larvae eat the leaves by scraping them. Due to which white stripes start forming on the leaves.

  • As they grow up, these pests destroy the crop by eating the upper part of the leaves, grains of maize and also the leaves covering it.

preventive measures

  • Destroy the egg set to prevent the pest from spreading.

  • Mix 100 kg of neem cake in one acre of land. Doing this can also prevent the pupa from becoming an adult.

  • This pest can also be controlled by spraying 40 gm of Emamectin Benzoate 5SG per acre of land.

  • Apart from this, spraying of 100 gm flubendamide 20 WG or 70 ml spinosad 45 EC per acre of field can also be done.

  • Spray with 4 ml spinatorum (Delegate) 11.7 sc per liter of water.

  • It can also be controlled to some extent by applying 4 to 6 pheromone traps per acre of field.

Read also:

  • Click here to know the method of seed treatment for maize crop and its benefits.

We hope that by adopting the medicines and other methods mentioned in this post, you can save the maize crop from the fall army worm. If you found this information necessary, then like this post. Also share this post with maximum farmer friends so that all farmers can save their crop from this pest. Ask us your questions related to maize farming through comments.

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