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Know, this new kind of pest, seed corn maggot:
Recenty a new type of maggot has been found damaging to maize seed sown in the soil in Vaodadar district. However, it has not been noted scientifically. After sowing, maggot enter into the seed and feed internal content. As a result, seed fail to germinate. If germinate, seedling may not be grow further. The damage is very similar to the damage caused by the wireworm. The incidence is somewhate higher in the field where applied inproper decomposed fertilizer (FYM) or higher dose. The pest is difficult to manage as it remain in the soil. Better to give the seed treatement with insecticides before sowing the crop.