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Integrated Pest Management of Corn

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Adelvenci Moraleta

on 17 November 2016

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Pest and Diseases of Corn
Corn Borer
Common Name: Asiatic Corn Borer
Scientific Name: Ostrinia furnacalis (Guenee)
Local Name: Dalipog (Ilocano); Amasok or Tibgoy
(Bicol/Ilonggo)Tuhob (Cebuano)
Eggs are flat, creamy, shiny and laid in mass (about 25-50 eggs/egg mass) in fish scale-like arrangement on both sides of the corn leaves. Incubation Period is 4-5 days.
Newly hatched larvae are pinkish with black or brown heads. Later instars are creamy creamy and brownish-yellow. It molts five times from 12-13 days.
The pupa is dark red and the pupal period is about 5-12 days.
Total development period from egg to adult emergence ranges from 27-52 days.
Pinhole lines lesions on the leaves caused by first instar larvae.
Match head-size holes and elonated lesions on leaves and leaf sheaths caused by second and third instar larvae.
Broken stalks and leaves.
Premature drying of whole plant and ear.
Control Measure
Early and synchronous planting in contiguous areas using resistant varieties.
Manual picking/crushing of eggs or egg masses and larvae while inspecting the plants.
Detasseling of clumped tassels one to two days after emergence or detasseling three rows out of four rows of corn plants.
Trichogamma parasites at 33-35 days after planting (after hilling-up) at 3-4 days intervals.
Crop rotation coupled with weeds elimination.
Corn Seedling Maggot
Scientific name:
Atherigona oriyzae
Local names: Adult: Bangaw (Bicol): Ngilaw (Ilocano);
Langaw (Ibanag)
Larva: Apihis (Cebuano)
Eggs are elongated, pearl-white turning dark when about to hatch, anterior and roundish, slightly curved and laid singly in the outer surface of the leaves.Incubation period is 2-3 days.
Newly hatched larvae are creamy white to transparent, elongated and taper towards the head end, becoming dark yellow in the last instar. Larvae undergo three instars from 8-18 days.
The pupa is ovoid and light to dark brown. Pupal period is 5-11 days.
The adults are greenish-black with three blackish stripes on the back of the thorax and three pairs of black spots on the last abdominal segments.
Leaf feeding lesions, curling and breaking of young leaves.
Wilting, drying and rotting of central shoot.
Infested seedlings show stunted growth and later may produce side tillers.
Control measure
Synchronous planting in contiguous areas.
Early planting in the growing season to escape high maggot population.
Clean culture including the removal of alternate host plants.
Seed treatment with thiodicarb or carbofuran ST before planting.
Integrated pest management (IPM), also known as Integrated Pest Control (IPC) is a broad-based approach that integrates practices for economic control of pests.
History of corn
at least 7000 years ago - Scientists believe people living in central Mexico developed corn.

1492 -when Columbus's men discovered this new grain in Cuba. It was exported to Europe rather than being imported, as were other major grains.

1575 - it was making its way into western China, and had become important in the Philippines and the East Indies.
Pest of corn
*corn rust
*corn seedling maggot
*white grub
*common cutworm
*corn ear worm
*corn thrips
Diseases of Corn

Common Cutworm
Scientific name:
Spodoptera litura
Local names: Ulod (Ilong0,Bicol); Arabas (Ilocano)
Eggs are round pale white and laid in mass on leaves or objects on the ground covered with yellowish-brown hairs. Incubation period is 3-5 days.
Young larva is greenish with black band one-third of the length from head and a full-grown larva (developed from 20-30 days) is green with bright yellow dorsals line and lateral stripes with black spots.
The pupa is reddish brown and about 1.6 cm long. the pupation period in soils is from 6-10 days.
The adult is about 20-25 mm long with wings (forewings are purplish-brown with numerous lines and spots and hind wings are whitish with narrow band along the center margins).
Scrapping of leaf tissues by young larvae, leaving irregular grayish white patterns on the leaves.
Older larvae may cut stems and leaves, including veins and midribs.
Young plants may be completely defoliated by older larvae (third to sixth instarsa).
Control measure
Plow fields to remove weeds which may serve as alternate hosts.
Collect egg masses and crush them
Make small trenches around the field and put some cut grasses for shade. Collect hiding larvae during early morning.
Chemical spraying if severe infestation (use pyrethroids).
Corn Earworm
Scientific name: Helicoverpa armigera
Local name: Ulod na puso (Cebuano)
Eggs are sub spherical and laid singly on corn silk. Newly laid eggs are cream then turn dark when about to hatch. Incubation ranges from 2-5 days.
Newly hatched larva has pale yellowish-white with black head and walks with looping motion. Older larva turns plae green to dark brown. It molts six times within 12-24 days.
Pupa is yellowish-green when newly pupated turning dark brown as it matures. Pupation usually takes place in the soil from 34-45 days.
The adult is brown with dark waxy lines across the wings. Forewings of the male corn earworm have dark centered circular spot on the middle.
Row of shotholes on unfolding leaves, caused by the first to second instar larvae at whorl stage.
Irregular elongated holes on the leaves caused by third to sixth instar larvae.
Cutting of silk and feeding into the tip of developing ear and kernels.
Feeding on emerging tassles.
Control measure
Plant resistant varieties with long and tight ear husks.
Plant marigold aroun the field as trap crop.
Corn Planthopper
Scientific name:
Peregrinus maidis
Eggs are small white and flask-shaped and laid in mass in longitudinal slits on the upper surface of the leaves, usually near the stalk.
The nymph is yellowish and somewhat mottled black and wingless.
The adult is soft pale yellowish after emergence. Its wings are whitish and devoid.
Sucking of plant juice from young leaves and leaf sheath causing loss of plant vigor.
May transmit the maize stripe or maize mosaic virus.
Toxin from the insect may cause galls along the vains of underneath leaf surface and stunted plant growth.
Control measure
Plant resistant varieties
Eliminate weeds
Corn Thrip
Scientific name:
Frankliniella williams
i (Hood)
Eggs are bean-shaped and translucent white. They appear as very tiny circular, shiny spot on the leaf if held against the sun and laid singly inside the upper tissue of the leaf blade. Incubation period is 3-4 days.
Full-grown larva is transparent white and about 1.3 mm long. Larval period is 5-8 days. Destructive stage.
The pupa is whitish yellow, has shorter body with white transparent wing pads. Pupation takes place in the soil and lasts foe 2-3 days.
The adult is light brown and about 1.4-1.74 mm long. Destruxtive stage.
Larvae and adult suck plant sap from young leaves causing mottled discoloration.
Young plant growth is retrded when severe infestation occurs.
Control measure
Synchronous planting
Clean culture including the removal of alternate hosts such as grass species.
Some Common Parasites and their Predator
Spiders-adult semilooper, cutworm,
army worm and other adult insect pest
Dragonfly-adult semilooper, cutworm,
army worm, and other adult insect pest
Lady Beetle-aphids, corn borer
Ants-egg/larvae of insect pest
Earwings- larvae and pupae of insect
Longhorne Grasshopper-eggs of insect
pest and nymphs of plant hoppers
Lacewing-aphids amd leafydopterous
Cotesia/Apantales- larva semilooper
Trichogamma- corn borer
eggmass, earworm egg
Wasp- semilooper larvae,
Downy Mildew
Scientific name:
Pernosclerospora philippinensis

(Weton Shaw)
: Fungus
Plant growth satges affected:
Two leaf stage to
Silking Stage
White yellow streaks first st the base then on entire leaf blade.
White growth on both sides of the streak when humidity is high (e.g., during the night when there is dew formation or when leaves are wet due to rain).
Dwarfing when reduced elongation of the internodes.
Ears and tassels poorly formed if severely infected.
Presence of spores in the lower portion of leaves.
Control measure
Cultural method
Plant resistant varieties
Synchronous planting
Immediately rogue infected plant
Eliminate weed host
Burn infected plant
Seed treatment using fungicides
Leaf Rust
Scientific name:
Puccinia polysora
Type: Fungus
Plant growth stages affected: Mid-whorl to silking
Presence of small and circular brown rusty pustules or blisters on upper and lower ssurface leaves.
Blisters are rough, may later break and release numerous rusty spores.
Control measure
Plant resistant varieties
Corn Smut
Scientific name:
Ustillago mayids
Type: Fungus
Disease development is favored by high nitrogen level or high quantities of manure. Injuries may be brought about by blowing soil or sand particles, cultivation, spraying or detasseling.
Galls of boils on above ground tissues.
Galls first appear as glistening white or grayish white swellings.
Interior of galls later becomes black and powdery that contains numerous sooty masses of spores.
Control measure
Maintain a well balanced soil fertility based on soil test.
Practice crop rotation.
Avoid mechanical injury to plants during cultivation.
In small scale, remove and destroy galls before they rupture and release spores.
Plant resistant varieties.
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