Source: AgriLife Today
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts in South Texas are warning grain sorghum growers to keep a sharp eye out for populations of sugarcane aphids.
“We’ve seen evidence as far north as Hill County suggesting sugarcane aphids are maturing and producing offspring,” Bowling said. “It is possible they will start moving from their overwintering sites to sorghum this early in the season. So, it’s important to know the path forward to protect the crop from sugarcane aphid injury in 2016.”
Danielle Sekula-Ortiz, the AgriLife Extension integrated pest management agent in Weslaco, said she recommends scouting early this season.
“This involves weekly scouting of field edges, about 25 feet into the field, and examining plants along 50 feet of row. Check all sides for presence of the aphid. If none are present, or if only a few wingless or winged aphids are found on the upper leaves, continue scouting once a week.”
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