A new app developed by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization will help South African growers track the fall armyworm outbreak and access resources on how to combat it. The fall armyworm attacks maize, wheat, and sorghum at all crop stages, entering the critical organs of the plant and preventing it from growing.
Releases of sterile fruit flies at two Australian locations have significantly reduced Queensland fruit fly numbers. The pilot, which ran from September 2019 to mid-April 2020 in Hillston, NSW and Cobram, VIC involved releasing sterile fruit flies each week from a plane and is part of the Hort Innovation research project - Post Factory Pilot of SITPlus Fly production.
This Kharif season moong and urad are almost written off in Vidarbha region and only toor dal, which is a longer gestation crop is being saved. The bountiful rains in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra have also brought in its share misery to the farmers with crops such as Moong, Urad and Toor dal facing pests attacks leading to major crop losses.
The brown marmorated stink bug is a voracious feeder that damages vegetable, fruit and ornamental trees after hitchhiking on imported goods. This week, Australia has added four countries to its target risk list for a bug with the potential to decimate the $12 billion horticulture industry. There are more than 35 nations on Australia's high risk list.
The primary objective of the project is to develop a regionally harmonised framework for development and implementation of recognised Pest Free Areas (PFA) and Areas of Low Pest Prevalence (ALPP) for regulated fruit fly pests of commercial fruit commodities in southern Africa (South Africa and Mozambique).
The brown marmorated stink bug is a new invasive pest in Florida. First specimens of the pest in Leon County were collected by scientists at the Center for Viticulture and Small Fruit Research at Florida A&M University in June of this year. Since its first sighting near Allentown, Pennsylvania, in the mid-1990s, the pest has spread to at least 46 states.
The fear of whitefly attack, parawilt and leaf curl are back to haunt the cotton-growing farmers in the state. While the Agriculture Department has assessed a loss of up to 25 per cent in the region, farmers say the disease has already wiped out crops in large tracts and the losses have mounted to 60-70 per cent in Hisar and Bhiwani districts.
Persistent bursts of torrential rain, particularly in central and western India, is threatening crop output that was so far expected to rise to a new record and make agriculture the best performer in the Covid-hit economy. The southwest monsoon has turned vigorous in August after a deficient July, raising fears of floods and triggering pest attacks on crops.
Often undetected by the naked eye, spider mites take advantage of crop stress and weakness for their own gain. These piercing, sucking pests look to severely damage your corn or soybean leaves while satisfying their own appetites. If you start to notice more stress in your plants, especially corn, check for spider mites with a magnifying glass.
Scientists at CGIAR-IITA, working with the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) under the joint Nematology Unit, NemAfrica, housed at icipe’s campus in Nairobi, and their national and international partners, have been at the forefront of efforts to address a new emerging pest threat to the production of potato in the East Africa region, and in many other countries in the world.
A shield bug responsible for decimating crops of apples, pears and soft fruit around the world, has been trapped for the first time in the UK. The invasive Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) has been intercepted using a pheromone trap at RSPB’s Rainham Marshes nature reserve in Essex, one of the monitoring sites.
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