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Pest Management: Symptoms

Sorghum  -  Shootfly: Atherigona varia soccata

Pest management
Pest management
Symptoms of Damage: 
 The maggot bores inside the stem and cuts the growing point.
 Central shoots dried and produce DEAD HEART symptom.
 The infested plant produces side tillers.
Identification of Pest: 
 Egg - white, cylindrical, distal somewhat flattened
 Adult - Whitish grey fly
Management: 
 Use resistant varieties like Co-1, CSH 15R, Maldandi and Hagari.
 Take up early sowing of sorghum( South West or North East monsoon)
 Use seeds pelleted with insecticides
 Seed treatment with imidacloprid 70 WS @ 10g/kg of seeds
 In case of direct seeding, use increased seed rate upto 12.5kg/per hectare
 Plough soon after harvest, remove and destroy the stubbles.
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