Fall armyworm progresses southwards

Grain Central April 7, 2020

THE exotic pest fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) has been detected at Bundaberg, 360 kilometres north of Brisbane in southern Queensland.

This latest detection is the most southerly since the initial detection in the Torres Strait islands in January 2020.

Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (QDAF) says the detection is not unexpected as fall armyworm is highly mobile.

The department is working with industry to find ways to address the serious threat posed by the fall armyworm moth and its larvae to Queensland’s agriculture industry.

Growers should have on-farm biosecurity measures to protect their crops from pests and diseases.

Producers who think that they may have come across fall armyworm are strongly encouraged to photograph and report suspect sightings to QDAF on 13 25 23 or to their local biosecurity officer or extension officer.

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Source: QDAF



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