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Pink stem borer

Pink stem borer:

It is a Polyphagous pest feeding on wheat and other cereals besides rice. The pest breeds actively from March to November on rice and then migrates to wheat. The moths are straw colored with stout body. The eggs are laid on leaves or on ground. The damage is caused by caterpillars which are pinkish brown with smooth cylindrical body. The caterpillars bore into stem producing "dead heart" in young plants and 'white ears' on order plants. The ETL is 5 % dead hearts or 2 % white ears for the pest.

Management:

  • Avoid rotation of rice with other graminaceous crops.
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