Journal of Integrative Agriculture (2018-07-01)

Association of host plant growth and weed occurrence with armyworm (Mythimna separata) damage in corn fields

  • Kun-peng ZHANG,
  • Zhi-hao YU,
  • Shi-xiong JIANG,
  • De-wen SUN,
  • Jun-tao HUI,
  • Yu-Iiang ZHENG,
  • Xiao-zhen LI,
  • Xing-yun WANG,
  • WU Jun-xiang

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 17, no. 7
pp. 1538 – 1544


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To clarify association between armyworm (Mythimna separata) damage level and the corn growth and weed occurrence, we investigated corn plant height, stem diameter and vigor as well as weed coverage and biomass. The investigations were conducted at three locations of Shaanxi Province, China which were suffered seriously from armyworm. Significant correlations were found between the parameters analyzed. At stunted corn growth and presence of plenty of weeds, the armyworm damage tended to be heavy; oppositely, when corn grew well and weed density were low, armyworm harm was the minimal. Therefore, corn growing status and weed density can significantly affect armyworm damage level. Our results imply that promoting corn growth and timely removal of weeds are conducive to reducing armyworm occurrence.