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Pest Management: Symptoms

Sorghum  -  Pink stem borer: Sesamia inferens

Pest management
Symptoms of Damage: 
 Central shoots dried and produce the dead hearts.
Identification of Pest: 
 Egg - Bead like laid in rows within the leaf sheath
 Larva - Pinkish brown with dark head
 Adult - Straw coloured moth with white wings
Management: 
 Stubbles should be ploughed up during winter and burnt to destroy the hibernating larvae.
 Sow the lab lab or cowpea as an intercrop (Sorghum: Lab lab 4:1)
 Set up light trap
 Bio-control agents viz.,Trichogramma minutum, Bracon chinensis and Apanteles flavipes
 Mix any one of the following insecticides with sand (total quantity of 50kg)
 Phorate - 10G@ 8kg
 Carbofuran 3G@ 17kg/ha
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