Rice In Sri Lanka - Pests of Rice
Yellow Stem Borer
The caterpillars bore into the rice stem and hollow out the stem completely. Attacked young plant shows dead heart and older plants show white heads.Often plants break where the stem is hollowed out causing lodging.
Serious out breaks of YSB are very rare.
Resistant varieties are not available
Effective control methods
Use of proper land preparation techniques to destroy plant debries
Use of proper weed management methods