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Farmers & Graziers

8 March, 2021

Sugar farmers confirm first sightings of fall armyworm

FARMERS in the Atheron Tablelands have confirmed the first sightings of fall armyworm in sugarcanes in Late February, 2021 in cane, bordering a heavily infested maize. crop

By Andrew Sorensen

Vigilance is key to managing the threat and responding appropriately.

Growers and service providers are encouraged to be on the lookout for signs of fall armyworm, particularly in blocks near corn/maize or other affected crops.

Agrisciences Queensland (DAF) is the main point of contact for identification of potential fall armyworm (FAW) and they should be contacted on 13 25 23. 

Good quality photographs of the suspect caterpillar and plant damage or samples of the larvae, wherever possible, would assist with this identification.

As fall army worm is established in Australia, farms will not be placed under quarantine if fall armyworm is reported and found.

Early detection coupled with accurate diagnosis will assist with effective pest management decisions for affected crops.

The fall armyworm page on the SRA website has a range of resources including details of the emergency use permits for Permethrin or Chlorantraniliprole to control fall armyworm.

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