A new 3-D animation video published yesterday shows farmers how to scout for and identify the fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda).
The video shows scouting techniques and highlights the importance of identifying any pest damage at the early stages of crop growth. If the fall armyworm is present, integrated pest management practices can help farmers protect against this pest.
Farmers should avoid applying an indiscriminate amount of chemical pesticides, as that will lead to the fall armyworm building resistance to pesticides. It may also cause harm to people and to the environment.
The video was produced by Scientific Animations Without Borders (SAWBO), funded by USAID and developed by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and Michigan State University.
The presence of the fall armyworm in Asia was recently confirmed in India. Native to the Americas, the fall armyworm was detected in Nigeria in 2016, and quickly spread to 44 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, where it caused major crop damage.