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Management of sucking pests is necessary for more profit from Sugarcane

Damages the crop up to 20 percent.


The effect of global warming is now clearly visible everywhere. The maximum effect of this is visible only on the weather, increase in heat waves, decrease in rains, all these are the effect of this. The changing climate is also affecting agriculture. Sugarcane farming is also not untouched by this, scientists believe that due to global warming, there has been a change in the pests affecting sugarcane and that is why management of pests is important.

The pests which were considered minor earlier are now causing more damage to the crops. The infestation of sap-sucking insects spreads rapidly and they reduce the sugar content in sugarcane by up to 20 percent. Come, let us know about some such sucking insects and the management of pests.

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Dahlia Pest

This insect is 5 mm. long, 2.5 mm. It is wide and pink in color. The male moth has a pair of wings and its body is round, segmented, and covered with white powder. These insects are attached to the knots of sugarcane in groups. They become visible when the crop is 4-5 months old and their effect remains till the harvest. The nymphs and the wingless females damage the leaves by sucking the sap. If there is drought, then its effect on the crop is more.

How to Manage?

Before sowing sugarcane, destroy the residues of the previous crop in the field. Do not use infected seeds at the time of sowing. Keep proper spacing in rows at the time of transplanting. Remove and burn infected leaf sheaths. Along with this Thiamothoxom 25 W.G. Dissolve the insecticide named in 2.5 liters of water and sprinkle it on the crop.

Black Stick

These insects are 6-7 mm in the adult stage. It is long and its wings are black. There are white spots on the wings. The color of the baby moth is similar to that of the adult moth. When the number of these pests is high, the field starts to stink. These insects suck the sap from the neck of the plants, causing yellowing of the leaves in the center of the plants. After some time the leaves dry up and the growth of the plant also stops.

How to Manage?

For its treatment, Thiomethoxam 25 W.G. Dissolve the insecticide named in 2.5 liters of water and sprinkle it on the crop. Keep in mind that spraying should be done only on the midriff and leaf sheath because the pests hide here. If it looks like it’s going to rain, don’t use insecticides, as they’ll wash themselves off when you water the center.

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This insect is 1-15 mm in the infant stage. tall and 20 mm when mature. It is long till The color of the adult insect is brown like the dry leaves of sugarcane and its front part is sharp. While the infant insect is of a dull color. These insects suck the juice of the leaves and their outbreak is more before and after monsoon. Leaves affected by this pest appear yellow and scorched. Due to the effect of this pest, the amount of sugar in sugarcane decreases by 2 to 34 percent.

How to Manage?

Farmers should know that the effect of this pest is more in nitrogen crops. To save the crop from this pest, it is necessary to collect and destroy its eggs and keep removing the dry leaves of sugarcane from time to time. Epiricania can control the parasitic Pyrilla moth, so where it is not present, 4000-5000 cocoons should be released. If Pyrilla has become mature, it can be treated with Metarhizium.

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White Fly

Adult insects are 3 mm. long and white-winged, while the infant moth is black in color and does not have wings. Its outbreak remains high from August to October. The effect is more visible on stubble crops. These insects suck the juice of the leaves, due to which a black sticky substance accumulates on the leaves, and the crop starts appearing yellow from a distance.

How to Manage?

To save the crop from this pest, remove dry leaves from time to time and burn them. Do not allow water to stagnate in the field, but keep in mind that soil moisture should be maintained. In insecticide, you can find Imidacloprid 17.8 SL 500ml. Mix the medicine in 100 liters of water and sprinkle it in the field after mixing it with 20 kg of urea. With the use of urea, the crop will start growing again.

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