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Fall Armyworm (FAW) Management: A Notorious Devil in Maize (Zea mays L.)

The Fall armyworm (FAW), Spodoptera frugiperda (J. E. Smith) is a voracious feeder in the maize crop having a typical feeding habit of hiding inside the inner whorl of the maize plant. The final instar larvae are responsible for huge crop loss and yield reduction. That is why, the control of the menace of FAW is now the need of the hour. Although the use of synthetic insecticides gives instant control to the FAW armyworm, the implementation of integrated practices is always advisable because of the insect's hiding behavior. The IPM practices have only the demerit of slow-acting but that is completely eco-friendly, cost-effective, and sustainable.