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Armyworms have been reported from North Carolina, Texas, Michigan and northeastern states. (HT File Photo)

These armyworms are marching across US. Experts say it’s a ‘perfect storm’

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Meenakshi Ray, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2021 07:25 PM IST
Armyworms are often found in crops such as corn, rice and sorghum, but this year’s outbreak is selectively targeting lawns and some hayfields in the United States.
The only region so far free from infestation – food bowl states in northwest India – is being fast raided by the worm, which can travel thousands of kilometers aided by winds alone.(Kunal Patil/ HT Photo)
The only region so far free from infestation – food bowl states in northwest India – is being fast raided by the worm, which can travel thousands of kilometers aided by winds alone.(Kunal Patil/ HT Photo)

New farm pests emerging as a food-security threat, maize yield hit

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Zia Haq
PUBLISHED ON AUG 03, 2019 04:04 PM IST
Among a flood of new pests that has emerged over the past couple of years, one has been super-invasive and the most threatening: the fall armyworm.
A caterpillar Fall Armyworm which can destroy maize fields.(HT PHOTO)
A caterpillar Fall Armyworm which can destroy maize fields.(HT PHOTO)

ICAR scientists raise alarm after dangerous pest detected in Northeast

Hindustan Times, Imphal | By Sobhapati Samom
PUBLISHED ON MAY 07, 2019 06:30 AM IST
The insect called Fall Armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) which lays to waste crops like maize was detected in the maize research farm of ICAR, Manipur Centre in the outskirt of Imphal city and also at Chandonpokpi village farm in Chandel district.
An invasive caterpillar from the Americas that devours crops is fast spreading through India, having marked its presence in 10 states within nine months since the first time it was detected.(HT File Photo)
An invasive caterpillar from the Americas that devours crops is fast spreading through India, having marked its presence in 10 states within nine months since the first time it was detected.(HT File Photo)

Crop-devouring caterpillar the new farm pest

By Sandhya Ramesh
UPDATED ON MAY 02, 2019 10:13 AM IST
The Fall Armyworm (FAW) is currently making its way through the maize fields of southern and eastern India, affecting not just thousands of farmers but also the poultry industry, which relies heavily on the crop for feed.
India produces more than 20 million tonnes of maize every year, with the highest area under cultivation in Karnataka.(For representation)
India produces more than 20 million tonnes of maize every year, with the highest area under cultivation in Karnataka.(For representation)

Warning issued about threat to India’s maize crop from invasive worm

Hindustan Times | By Snehal Fernandes, Mumbai
UPDATED ON AUG 08, 2018 09:58 PM IST
The Indian Council of Agricultural Research on July 30 issued a ‘pest alert’ based on results of surveys conducted between July 9 and July 18 that recorded more than 70% prevalence of the Fall Armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) in a maize field in Chikkaballapur, Karnataka
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