Information, updates and releases pertaining to the Fall Armyworm infestation in South Africa will be published below as and when it becomes available.
FALL ARMY WORM (FAW) RESEARCH DISCUSSIONS UNDERWAY 24 February 2017
Grain SA arranged a special meeting between pertinent role-players to discuss different research initiatives against the FAW. The meeting was attended by DAFF, SANSOR, ARC-GCI and the North-West University. The main objective is to support producers in finding solutions to control and manage this pest. As a result, discussions focussed on research that would primarily assist producers in the short-term while medium- to long-term options were also debated.
Back (left to right): Jan-Hendrik Venter (DAFF), Dr Julian Jaftha (DAFF), Dr Annemie Erasmus (LNR-IGG), Wandile Ngcamphalala (Grain SA);
Front (left to right): Dr Lukeshni Chetty (Sansor), Dr Marinda Visser (Grain SA), Petru Fourie (Grain SA), Prof Johnnie van den Berg (NWU)
CLICK HERE to download the FAW Steering Committee Action Log, which covers surveillance, research, status, assessment, registration of chemicals and awareness initiatives.
UPDATE: Emergency registration for Army Worm Control 24 February 2017
The latest updated list of registered products for the Fall Army worm can be downloaded below.
UPDATE: Emergency registration for Army Worm Control
17 February 2017
The latest updated list of registered products for the Fall Army worm can be downloaded here. The list has been updated to include Mode of Action; IRAC Group for Resistance Management and Crop which products are registered for.
The IRAC Mode of Action (MoA) classification provides growers, advisors, extension staff, consultants and crop protection professionals with a guide to the selection of acaricides or insecticides for use in an effective and sustainable acaricide or insecticide resistance management (IRM) strategy. In addition to presenting the MoA classification, this document outlines the background to, and purposes of, the classification list, and provides guidance on how it is used for IRM purposes.
REVISED CLSA PROTOCOL FOR THE FALL ARMY WORM (FAW)
Dr Marinda Visser, Bestuurder: Graan Navorsing & Beleidssentrum verskaf 'n kort statusoorsig oor die Amerikaanse-kommandowurm wat tot hede in 6 van die 9 provinsies geïdentifiseer is, wat Gauteng, Limpopo, Noordwes, Vrystaat, Mpumalanga en die Noord-Kaap insluit.
The latest updated list of registered products for the Fall Army worm is as follows:
FALL ARMY WORM PEST BIOLOGY
10 February 2017
BT-MAIZE OFFERS ADDITIONAL PROTECTION THIS SEASON
10 February 2017 - Monsanto Press Release
“Producers who planted YieldGardII® Bt-maize containing Monsanto’s MON89034-technology this year, will have an additional advantage as it also offers protection against infestations of the Fall Armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda),” according to Kobus Steenekamp, Managing Director Monsanto SA.
In its endeavours to assist producers with the outbreak of Fall Armyworm in South Africa, the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) with the established Plant Pest Action Group is urgently calling on all producers to notify Grain SA of any suspected Fall Army worm detected.
Daily notifications and/or updates from our farmers with Fall Armyworm is encouraged as this information will assist with the Action Group’s planning.
Please send through the following information:
Number of ha
Identity confirmed in Laboratory (YES/NO)
Longitude | Latitude
Complete the above information and e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or Fax to 086 724 2764. Completed information will be kept strictly confidential and used for FAW Armyworm reporting purposes only.
GRAIN SA UPDATE MAIZE WORKING GROUP
09 February 2017
Grain SA presented an update on the Fall Armyworm (FAW) to its Maize Working Group in Bothaville, discussing the pests’ taxonomy and history, host range, economic importance, life cycle and status in South Africa.
The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries, Senzeni Zokwana today held a press briefing following the confirmation of Fall Armyworm in South Africa on Friday, 3 February 2016. The Agricultural Research Council’s Plant Protection Research Institute positively identified Fall Armyworm from samples collected in Limpopo Province. The positive identification came after collected caterpillars pupated and emerged as moths, following which further positive identifications were done on collected moths from the northern parts of Gauteng.
Fall Army Worm (FAW) is a quarantine pest for South Africa which has a wide host range and can affect crops such as maize, sorghum, soybeans, groundnuts and potatoes. Damage reported in South Africa so far is mainly on yellow maize varieties and especially on sweetcorn as well as maize planted for seed production. Reports of caterpillar damage have been received mainly from the Limpopo and North West provinces.
DAFF: DETECTION OF SPODOPTERA FRUGIPERDA (FALL ARMY WORM) FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SOUTH AFRICA
03 February 2017 - Grain SA Newsflash
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) today received a diagnostic report from the Agricultural Research Council, Plant Protection Research Institute (ARC PPRI) to confirm that the Fall Army Worm was positively identified from samples collected in the Limpopo Province. The samples were jointly collected by scientists from the ARC Grain Institute and the North West University. These were caterpillars that had to pupate and emerge as moths before a positive identification could be done.
DETECTION OF A NEW PEST CATERPILLAR FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SOUTH AFRICA
02 Feberuary 2017 - Grain SA Newsflash
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) received several reports from farmers of an unidentified Lepidoptera pest causing damage to maize between 16 and 27 January 2017. However the pest was observed on maize by some South African producers since December 2016.
PEST ALERT: FALL ARMY WORM SPODOPTERA FRUGIPERDA A MIGRATORY QUARANTINE PEST
23 Janaury 2017 - Grain SA Newsflash
Possible pest notifications of Spodoptera frugiperda, Fall Army Worm or FAW have already been received since the initial pest alert. Several possible outbreaks were reported in different areas in Limpopo, North West and the Free State and several specimens were collected by the ARC and NWU. There is a very high probability that FAW was indeed collected. Collected specimens will be identified by a taxonomist to confirm the presence of the pest.