The fall armyworm menace

Fall armyworm can be one of the more difficult insect pests to control in field corn. Late planted fields and later maturing hybrids are more likely to become infested. Fall armyworm causes serious leaf feeding damage as well as direct injury to the ear. 

The fall armyworm has been around us for quite some time now. It has caused damage to various crops, primarily maize.

The spherical gray eggs are laid in clusters 50 to 150, usually on the leaves. Egg masses are covered with a coating of moth scales or fine bristles. 

It has continued wreaking havoc on crops and a piece of recent news is:

Fall armyworms wreak havoc

Long Kimmarita | Publication date 09 June 2020

Upon intervention from the technical team, some corn crops were rescued and other farms in the province have not yet been affected by the armyworms. Ministry of Agriculture

The General Department of Agriculture at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said 400ha of corn crops in Banteay Meanchey province has been half-destroyed by a new type of invasive insect in the area called the fall armyworm.

The fall armyworm is the larval life stage of a fall armyworm moth.

According to a department report, agricultural officials intervened at the request of residents from June 3 to June 6 and they were able to save the crops from further destruction.

The report said crops in O’Sralao, Tuol Pongro, Boeung Beng and O’Sampoar communes in Malai district suffered the most damage. In O’Sampoar commune, between 80 and 90 per cent of the crops were destroyed in a 50ha area.

What can be an effective solution to this menace?

Well, C Tech Corporation’s TermirepelTM can prove to be a boon when the farmers are grappling with armyworm horror.

TermirepelTM is an anti-termite and insect aversive repellent manufactured by C Tech Corporation, India. It is an extremely low toxic and extremely low hazard, non-mutagenic and non-carcinogenic anti-insect aversive based on green technology.

The product works on the mechanism of repellency.

Termirepel™ is available in the form of masterbatch, liquid concentrate, lacquer, and wood polish additives.

Termirepel™ masterbatch is specially made for polymeric applications and used as additives in their processing time. It can be incorporated into polymeric applications like agricultural films and mulches, irrigation pipes, tree guards, greenhouse films, etc. used for crop cultivation purpose. The product can be incorporated into the cables, and other applications used for agriculture.

Termirepel™ liquid concentrate is to be mixed in paints in pre-determined proportion and then applied on the concrete fences around farms. It can be used on the interior and exterior of storehouses used to store food grains and other agricultural produce.

Termirepel™ lacquer can be directly applied to applications such as wooden fences, already installed pipes, wires, cables, etc.

The wood polish additive can be mixed with wood polish and then applied on wooden fences and other articles for protection.

TermirepelTM insect repellent spray can be used to keep these armyworms and other insects from causing damage to the crops and equipment.

The repelling mechanism of the product would debar the worm and other insects that could damage the crops. Thus Termirepel™ is the best protection against these invasive fall armyworms.

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