28 Mar 2019
Farmers should continue scouting for the presence of herbivorous insect pests in their fields. Delayed planting of maize over the much of the western and central maize belt in South Africa has been a major concern for growers this season. The impact it could have on certain herbivorous insect pests is important to consider, therefore, it is recommended that farmers remain vigilant.
Caterpillar feeding can cause damage to plants, especially young plant material. Thus, early detection and identification is key to beat the pest before it becomes a major problem. Some economically important caterpillar pests of grain crops include African armyworm, African bollworm, African maize stem borer, Chilo borer, Fall armyworm and False armyworm.
Follow this link for information on identification of different caterpillar pests: https://www.grainsa.co.za/upload/Fall-Armyworm-Identification-Presentation.pdf
For assistance in identifying caterpillars, contact:
DAFF on (012) 319 6384, JanHendikV@daff.gov.za or
Cropwatch Africa on 082 642 7004, firstname.lastname@example.org