Army worm alert as pest eats paddock of brassicas in 48 hours

Caterpillars known as army worm invaders chewed through a paddock of brassica on a Whatatutu farm, says Harry Atkins. Pictures by Liam Clayton
Farmers and growers have been put on high alert as the voracious tropical army worm, which thrives in warm humid weather.

Watch out . . . a farm at Whatatutu was hard hit this past week by the voracious Tropical army worm invader .

“The caterpillars chewed through a paddock of brassica in 48 hours,” said station staff member Harry Atkins.

The damage caused by the agricultural pest is clearly visible around him.

“Other farmers and growers should be on high alert for the pest, which has multiplied so significantly because of the warm and humid weather.”

Mr Atkins said they had sprayed close to 100 hectares of their fodder crops and pasture to kill the invaders.

Watch out . . . a farm at Whatatutu was hard hit this past week by the voracious Tropical army worm invader .

“The caterpillars chewed through a paddock of brassica in 48 hours,” said station staff member Harry Atkins.

The damage caused by the agricultural pest is clearly visible around him.

“Other farmers and growers should be on high alert for the pest, which has multiplied so significantly because of the warm and humid weather.”

Mr Atkins said they had sprayed close to 100 hectares of their fodder crops and pasture to kill the invaders.

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