The locusts invading East Africa last year ravaged crops and pastures and drove the levels of hunger and economic hardship higher in parts of the region. One year later, right at the start of 2021, the United Nations has warned that a second and maybe even deadlier return of locusts has already begun.
Whitefly has caused losses to cotton crop in Hisar, Fatehabad, Sirsa and Bhiwani districts. The farmers might have suffered biggest ever losses since 2015 when whitefly had destroyed almost 70% of the crop in the region. Farmers who suffered losses to their cotton crop due to whitefly attack earlier this year are still waiting for compensation from the government or insurance agencies.
Following the discovery of Queensland fruit fly larvae in backyard fruit trees, an official QFF outbreak has been declared in Renmark West. A 15-kilometer suspension area has been established around the detection point. This outbreak has no impact on the fruit fly free status for the rest of the Riverland Pest Free Area or the State.
The latest grasshopper forecast for Saskatchewan sees reduced threat in 2021. Provincial insect specialist James Tansey says crop loss was moderate to insects this past year. He says there were several grasshopper outbreaks, notably around the southwest, southeast and west central and central areas.
A new University of Florida app will help the state’s blueberry growers identify and manage disease and insect injuries commonly encountered in Florida before their crop is ruined. Collectively, blueberries are a $60 million-per-year crop in Florida. Patricio Munoz, the UF/IFAS blueberry breeder and an assistant professor of horticultural sciences, came up with the vision for, and supervised the development of, the UF/IFAS Blueberry Growers Guide phone app, released on December 1.
The heads of the IDMAT group since 2000, Philippe Cantet and Lucas Merceron, crop specialist and steel specialist, have joined forces to provide a personalised, complete and French-labeled solution. "This duo has managed to develop an innovative and responsible company, whose goal is to support producers in the physical protection of their marketable fruit and vegetables grown in the open ground," says Thomas Piou.
A large section of cotton farmers in Gujarat have abruptly stopped cotton picking to switch over to other winter crops as a pest infestation has taken a toll on the yeild. The dreaded pink bollworm disease had started showing its presence by mid-October hampering the crop prospects and reducing the estimated yield.
In order to increase the presence of parasitoids (insects that lay an egg inside the pest, causing its death) and the natural predators of the peach aphid, a series of pilot tests has been planned at the facilities of the company Grupo Ametller Origen, Agrícola Maresme SXXI. Thus, covers made with selected plants will be used to facilitate biological control and reduce the use of phytosanitary products.
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