Corn earworms detected on Argentine soy
An occurrence of corn earworms (Helicoverpa armigera) has been detected in an Argentine soybean field, national media report. Specialists from the national animal and plant inspection service, the Senasa, have been monitoring crop fields for some six months, after the first detection of the pest was made in a sorghum field in Tucuman province. The latest detection was some “few hundred kilometres away”. The pest has caused significant damage in neighbouring Brazil and Paraguay, leading to the enactment of emergency measures such as emamectin insecticide use approvals (Agrow passim). The Senasa is cautious on estimating even potential damage from the pest in Argentina.