Biocontrol strategy for the management of sugarcane insect pests
Sugarcane is a perennial crop harbors number of natural enemies. These natural enemies play important role for maintaining pest population. Physical growth of the crop and availability of insect pests round the year give ample scope for the exploitation of biocontrol agents in the managements of sugarcane insect pests.
It is most important that seed should be treated with appropriate pesticide before sowing seed in nursery for the control of seed born disease.Rice seed should be treated with thiram or mancozeb at the rate of 2.5g/kg of seed.
Chemical control of Sugarcane Woolly Aphid, Ceratovacuna lanigera
Soil application of phorate 10G @ 10 kg or carbofuron 3G @ 30 kg /ha in infested crop not more than six months old. The granule should applied with due precautions, along the row side at the base of the plant fallowed by light irrigation, if required.