May 22, 2019 / 2:53 AM / 4 months ago

China finds armyworm in 14 provinces and regions - Xinhua

BEIJING, May 22 (Reuters) -

* China has found armyworm in 14 provinces and regions, including major grain producers Henan and Anhui, state media Xinhua news agency reported late on Tuesday

* The destructive pest has been found in 1.384 million mu (92,000 hectares) of farmland in China, mostly in corn crops, since it was first detected in the southwestern province of Yunnan in January

* Fall armyworm, a destructive pest that feasts in large numbers on the leaves and stems of many plant species like sorghum, corn, and sugarcane, can infest and damage hundreds of hectares of corn overnight

* China had about 130 million hectares of arable land at end-2017 and grows corn on about 42 million hectares (Reporting by Hallie Gu and Dominique Patton)

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