As of May 25/2019 china Ag officials say it is crucial they control the out break of army worm
If they fail [19 provinces are currently infected] the army worm is expected to move into the northern corn crop by June or July
Fall armyworm spreads to 13 provinces after January discovery
Pest likely to cut crops including corn, soy, rice, sugarcane
Interesting. They have potential to do lots of damage. Armyworm problems not common here in wc ohio. However a few years ago i did see them attack a field of wheat that was heading. Man they stripped those plant from one end of the field to the other in a very short time.
Thanks buck. Good to read you here!
Native to North America, the armyworm can be found east of the Rocky Mountains, reaching northward into southern Canada. Armyworms get their name from their behavior of moving across fields in an army-like fashion. As larvae consume available food sources, they migrate as an army to new host plants. Though they feed primarily on grasses (oats, wheat, fall rye, corn, barley, and forage grasses), they can be a pest of some vegetables (bean, cabbage, carrot, onion, pea, pepper, radish and sweet potato). There are usually two to three generations each year in Illinois.
USDA's attache has issued an update about crop-damaging fall armyworm in
#China. This map shows the 15 provinces it has reached thus far. The percentage of the total crops grown here in South China are: #corn 25%, rice 81%, #soybeans 37%, peanuts 64%, sugarcane 100%.
June 5, 2019 / 4:06 AM / Updated 7 hours ago
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BEIJING (Reuters) - China has recommended the use of pesticides to fight against fall armyworms, as the destructive pest spreads across its vast farmlands, the agriculture ministry said on Wednesday.
Fall armyworms have now spread to 18 of China’s provinces, regions and municipalities since it was first detected in the southwestern province of Yunnan in early January, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural affairs said in a statement published on its website.
The fall armyworm “severely threatens the agriculture and grain production security of China,” the ministry said.