Armyworm damage likely to spread in China's autumn crop regions and come to a peak in the first 20 days of August, government officials say; pest forecast to affect more than 4 million hectares of corn

BEIJING , July 29, 2013 () – Armyworm damage is likely to spread in China's autumn crop regions and come to a peak in the first 20 days of August, experts with the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) said on its website over the weekend.

According to forecasts from the meteorological authority, most of corn areas in the country are expected to see more-than-normal rainfalls from the end of July to August 20, which will provide favorable conditions for outbreak of armyworm damage.

The ministry predicted that the pest would affect more than 4 million ha of corn, with major growing regions in Northeast and North China and along the Yellow River and Huaihe River to witness severer damage.

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