Forage crops are not traditionally regularly checked for insect pests, meaning fall armyworm presence in these crops can be problematic, particularly in periods of high pest pressure where considerable damage is possible. FAW damage to plants at the early vegetative stage can result in patchy establishment, and later infestations can reduce forage/silage quantity and quality.
Webinar on FAW for subtropical dairy
DAF Principal Entomologist Dr Melina Miles presented what we currently know on FAW impact and management in forage crops to the subtropical dairy industry in September 2021 as part of a longer webinar.
View her presentation (opens in YouTube).
- See also the Beatsheet’s FAW management pages on maize and sorghum
- Article (pdf) by Ross Warren (DAF Senior Extension Officer) on Decisions regarding silage crops for the 2021/22 spring and summer
- Burdekin Productivity Services has released a short video on Facebook on their observations of FAW in sugarcane.