Fall Armyworm Solution21 Feb 2017
The Southern African agriculture industry has been hard hit over the past few years by a series of natural disasters, including the worst drought in forty years. The latest onslaught from Mother Nature is a pandemic of epic proportions; The Fall Armyworm.
Fall Armyworm, a first in Africa
The Fall Armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) is the larval life stage of the Fall Armyworm Moth and is regarded as a highly aggressive pest. This species which is native to North and South America somehow managed to cross the Atlantic Ocean and made its first appearance in Central Africa during the latter part of 2016, wreaking havoc on crops. The outbreak was initially mistaken as the African Armyworm and only later positively identified as the Fall Armyworm as the larvae matured and revealed its distinctive markings.
The Southern Migration
The pest steadily moved south and was first spotted in Southern Africa towards the end of 2016. Since then there have been reports of outbreaks in Mpumalanga, Limpopo, North West, Free State, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. The species seems to have a preference for maize crops, but will literally devour any food sources. Its moniker is derived from its aggressive feeding habits. When a food source is depleted the entire army of worms will move on to the next available food source. It has a Lifecycle of 24-40 days.
The crisis in South Africa was intensified by the fact that no pesticides were registered for use on the Fall Armyworm. This fact called for an urgent intervention on the part of the Department of Agriculture who called on the agro-chemical industry for emergency registration of suitable products.
Arysta LifeScience Solutions
Arysta LifeScience South Africa was one of the first companies to respond to the disaster in applying for emergency registration for their pesticide EMMA®. This highly effective product is a water soluble granular insecticide which contains Emamectin benzoate 50 g/kg. It is registered for the control of Africa bollworm and semi-looper in tomatoes, Codling moth in apples and Diamondback moth in cabbages. EMMA® is now registered for use in South Africa on the Fall Armyworm on Maize and Sweetcorn. The product should only be used as directed. More information about EMMA® is available HERE
The company also obtained registration for Agropyrifos 480 EC for the control of the Fall Armyworm on maize. Agropyrifos 480 EC is an emulsifiable concentrate contact insecticide for the control of pests on various crops as indicated and contains chlorpyrifos (organophosphate) 480 g/ℓ. More information on Agropyrifos 480 EC can be obtained HERE
Another suitable Arysta LifeScience product registered for use on the Fall Armyworm is JUDGE®. JUDGE® is an emulsifiable concentrate insect growth inhibitor (IGI) for use in potatoes, tomatoes, cabbages and control of the Fall Armyworm on maize and sweetcorn. JUDGE® contains Lufenuron (benzamide) 50 g/ℓ. For more information on JUDGE®, see HERE
MASTA 900 SP is a short residual water soluble powder contact insecticide for the control of pests in crops as indicated. It has been registered for the control of the Fall Armyworm in Maize. MASTA 900 SP contains methomyl (carbamate) 900 g/kg. Find more information on MASTA 900 SP HERE
About Arysta LifeScience
Arysta LifeScience, now owned by Platform Specialty Products, is a leading crop protection and life science company with 2014 revenues of US $2.2 billion. An entrepreneurial provider of crop protection and life science products in more than 125 countries worldwide, Arysta LifeScience specializes in marketing and distribution of respected crop protection brands and life science products what meet the needs of its global partners. More information on the company is available at: www.arystalifescience.com