Beet army worm population about to explode
Scallion farmers Manchester and St. Elizabeth are being asked to delay expansion of their fields as the threat of beet army worm infestation becomes ominous.
The beet army worm affects crops such as scallion and onion, and typically impacts the southern region of the island.
The ministry of agriculture yesterday urged farmers in the surrounding areas of New Forest, Cross Keys, New Port and Malvern in Manchester, and Pedro Plains, St. Elizabeth to exercise vigilance in monitoring their fields.
The Rural Agriculture Development Authority says its latest assessment indicates the possibility of an outbreak of the pest in Junction and Southfield if preventative action is not taken by farmers.
Farmers are being encouraged to implement beet army worm management strategies once the threshold of one worm per five plants monitored is observed. Farmers are also advised to monitor their fields every three days, and to be on the look out for egg sacks and young worms.