XAG is among the first to introduce fully autonomous drones in some of the most affected countries, such as Zambia, South Africa, Vietnam, and China, to improve the control efficacy that has originally been limited to manual spraying. XAG has discovered that in the worst hit Africa and Asia, the absence of smart devices, the unique natural habits of fall armyworm and farmers´ lack of professional expertise have resulted in a rapid large-scale infestations.
Fall armyworms are a highly destructive pest species native to tropics and sub-tropics of the Americas, they have aggressively invaded more than 100 countries and devastated millions of hectares of crops since 2016. It is the “crop-devouring monster” that attacks over 80 crop varieties but has high preference for maize. At its larval stage, it can cause great damage to the leaf, stem and cob of the maize plant and munch the entire cornfield almost overnight.