There were no reports of African Armyworm (Spodoptera exempta Walker) outbreaks from any of the IRLCO-CSA Member Countries. Outbreaks of Fall Armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda, J E Smith) persisted in irrigated maize crops in Kenya, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
FALL ARMYWORM (Spodoptera frugiperda, J E Smith):
Fall Armyworm outbreaks continued to be reported in Kenya, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe, where the pest was reported to affect irrigated maize crop and maize grown using residue moisture in Dambos. Control by the affected farmers with technical and material assistance from the Ministries of Agriculture was in progress.
AFRICAN ARMYWORM (Spodoptera exempta, Walker):
There were no reports of African Armyworm outbreaks in any of the IRLCO-CSA Member Countries.
OUTLOOK (Oct – Dec 2017):
The African armyworm breeding season will commence with the onset of the rains in October/November 2017. All Armyworm trap operators for both African and Fall Armyworm are advised to service their traps and send their trap moth catches to their national forecasting and or village forecasting officers.
This forecast is issued by the International Red Locust Control Organisation for Central and Southern Africa, with thanks to The Director at IRLCO-CSA and contributions by staff of Plant Protection units in its Member Countries. The forecast is summarised here by the Armyworm Network (@spodoptera007) hosted by Lancaster University. Learn more about IRLCO-CSA