After Fall Armyworm, corn crop in Maharashtra faces Leaf Blight attack

The corn crop in Maharashtra, immediately after experiencing the Slide Armyworm attack in rabi time, is now experiencing renewed attacks of Northern Leaf Blight and Physoderma brown spot fungus.

The spread of the diseases is almost above 1 lakh hectares all over Aurangabad, which has acquired the farmers apprehensive.

The onset of Northern Leaf Blight (NLB) is a bit extra serious. Increasing humidity accompanied by intermittent rains in the Aurangabad location is the trigger. Owing to the outbreak of NLB, the leaves of the corn crop have turned largely yellow and dry, influencing their growth.

Farmer Dhananjay Dhorade from Tolegaon village in Vaijapur taluka in Aurangabad district stated that irregular rains is the main reason for the attack. If it rains contentiously, then the attack is incredibly restricted. On the other hand, absence of rains for a extended time period would guide to a renewed attack and the standing crop will be poorly afflicted with produce losses, he stated.

Dhorade, who has planted corn above 12 acres, stated that in Maharashtra the cultivation of corn in the recent kharif time is much increased than the rabi time.

A Condition Agriculture Officer stated that farmers are having desperate to stop the spread of these diseases. They are trying regardless of what pesticide and fungicide available with the community agrochemical shops. If the Northern Leaf Blight infestation goes further from the outer leaves to the central stem, then conserving the crop would come to be unachievable, the official stated.

Corn has various uses which include cooking oil but its greatest customer is the poultry sector where by it is used as a feed for the birds.