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Cultural control of Red hairy caterpillar in groundnut

Cultural Control

  • Deep summer ploughing
  • After the kharif crop, the field should be ploughed to expose the pupae to predatory birds.
  • Early sowing is done to escape insect pest damage.
  • Inter crop one row of castor for every 5 or 6 rows of groundnut.
  • Crop rotation with sorghum/pearl millet or maize should be followed.
  • Vegetative traps utilising Jatropa (wild castor) or Ipomoea prevent the migration of the grown up larvae.
  • Irrigate once to avoid prolonged mid season drought to prevent pre-harvest infestation.
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