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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

Resistant varieties are not available

Effective control methods

Use of proper land preparation techniques to destroy plant debries

Use of proper weed management methods