Brazil state institutes fallow period against earworms
A Brazilian state has instituted a 90-day fallow period as a measure to control the outbreak of earworms (Helicoverpa armigera), national media report. The Alagoas state’s “isolation period” will run from the month of January to March 2015 and cover the farming of beans, cotton, maize, sorghum and soybeans. Technicians from various state and national authorities including the state’s authority on plant health, the Adeal, took the decision this month. State authorities recently detected “an elevated” quantity of earworms on the state’s crops, leading to the laying of more traps.