Fifth Brazil state gets emergency status
The Brazilian state of Piaui becomes the fifth to have an official state of emergency declared this season due to an infestation of corn earworms (Helicoverpa spp). It follows those for Goias, Minas Gerais,Bahia and the major soybean growing state, Mato Grosso, after huge losses on cotton and soybeans were anticpated (Agrow No 660, p 19). The state can implement controls detailed in October's presidential decree. They include the import from certain countries of emamectin benzoate insecticides (Agrow No 677, p 17). It had issued its own state of emergency against the pest and requested official national recognition from the Ministry of Agriculture (Agrow No 676, p 20). It was granted this month. Researchers from the Ministry's agricultural research corporation, the Embrapa, are to tour regions issuing advice on controlling the pest.