18 Jul 2017
Summer grain producers have, in the recent production season, had to contend with a new invasive pest towards the end of the season. Fall Armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) damage was reported almost countrywide, with losses on summer grains such as maize, sweet corn and sorghum. With temperatures having dropped in the current winter months and production reduced in these areas, fall armyworm activity has slowed down significantly.
However, there have been reports of fall armyworm presence in wheat production areas of Zimbabwe. South African wheat farmers are warned to be on the look-out for the pest in their fields by conducting regular scouting exercises. The FAW Steering Committee meets every Wednesday, and regular updates will be shared as and when it becomes available.