International Sugar Journal

Giving it our best shot in the war against soldier flies – future research directions* [Full subscriber]

Abstract         Soldier flies are economically damaging pests of sugarcane, particularly in central and southern Queensland.  Despite decades of research on soldier fly control, the search for an effective management approach, except for cultural control, remains elusive.  Trials were conducted from 2015 to 2017 to identify potential management solutions for soldier flies by assessing insecticide efficacy and varietal tolerance in field conditions.  Five field trials were established to determine whether applying insecticide to plant cane would reduce the build-up in soldier fly larvae in subsequent ratoons.  Ten products, comprising seven active ingredients, were field-tested at high application rates.  Overall, as in…

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