Management Of Major Insects Of Paddy

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Paddy belongs to grass family and it is grown in flooded conditions. Next to wheat, paddy is the most significant cereal crop in terms of production and consumption. Rice is staple food for more than 50 per cent of the population in india. Paddy cultivation has been integral part of indian agriculture and states like Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, West bengal, Tamil nadu, Andhra pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka are extensively involved in paddy cultivation. However, it has encountered challenges due to insect pests which have resulted in yield reduction. This blog will help you understand the major insects attacking the paddy crop, symptoms and control measure. 

Paddy Thrips 

Thrips in paddy are a major problem both during nursery and main field. Insect suck sap as a result leves tend to roll inwards and yellowish silvery streaks like markings can be noticed at the seedlings tip. Under sever incidences panicle filling might be hindered. 

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Green leaf hopper 

Paddy crop is severely damaged by green leaf hopper especially during the vegetative and reproductive stage. Insects sucking leaf sap cause the leaf to begin yellowing from the tip downward. Stunted plants, a patch of yellowing leaves in the main field, and ill-filled panicles can all be seen. Green leaf hopper is vector for transmission of Rice tungro virus. 

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Brown plant hopper

Brown plant hopper is a serious pest of paddy. Insect are found in mass at the stem bases. Drying of mature leaves, lodging and browning can be noticed in patches in field commonly referred to as hopper burn symptoms. If left uncontroled, plants dry up, wilt and ultimately die. BPH act as a vector for the paddy grassy stunt virus.

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Paddy stem borer

Paddy stem borer insect larvae bore a hole in the stem portion, causing the entire shoot to dry out. As the insect damage progress, panicle filling will be partial or nil, resulting in white panicles often referred to as dead heart symptoms. Upper portion of the plant can be separated by just pulling it.

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Paddy Hispa 

In paddy, Hispa feeds by irregular scraping of the leaf, resulting in whitish scrape markings on the upper surface of the leaf parallel to the leaf vines. Scraping reduced the chlorophyll content, which reduced the area available for photosynthesis and yield.

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Ear head bug

Ear head bug is not a major insect like the once mentioned previously. It is virulent when the panicle is in milky stage of paddy. The ear head bug feeds on the sap of grains by puncturing the tissue, causing black dots and foul odour, eventually leading to chaffy seeds. Insect locomotion can be noticed on the plant and panicle.

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Rice has been cultivated since ancient times; it was grown extensively during China's Tang Dynasty (618–907) and Japan's Heian period (794–1185).

 Today it remains an important crop in both countries as well as elsewhere throughout Asia, Africa and South America—especially Brazil where it accounts for about 60% of all land used for agriculture worldwide.


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