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Fall Armyworm fight all about strategy – a key lesson during first year of pest invasion | The Land



Corn producers in NSW will learn from this first season of Fall Armyworm infestation with the take home message being late planted crops are more susceptible while the need to monitor larvae before hitting them with a knockdown spray – all guns blazing – is paramount.

Coffs Coast dairy producer Jason Bake, Crossmaglen via Boambee, relied on the advice of Taree-based agronomist Matt Thompson to help navigate an October sown crop of corn for silage.

Mr Thompson rang colleagues in Queensland, where sweet corn in the Lockyer Valley was smashed by the grub. He also gathered feedback from his own clients, including those at Nowra and the Sydney Basin. The message was to tread lightly with Group 3A chemistry. “We don’t want to harm beneficial…

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