Cotton growers considering new crop rotation options may want to consider sorghum. Sorghum residue helps minimize evaporation from soil and protects cotton seedlings from wind and sand-blasting. According to a recent article in Cotton Grower, Texas A&M AgriLife research has shown that cotton yields increased when grown in rotation with sorghum.
During sorghum rotations, keep an eye out for the sugarcane aphid. Vigilant scouting is important and scouting once a week is recommended, as long as no aphids are identified. In addition, Syngenta recommends using tools like resistant varieties and seed treatments like CruiserMaxx® Sorghum, which can help growers manage this pest.
The United Sorghum Checkoff Program recently released a video series on sugarcane aphid management for 2017. The videos summarize best practices for steps growers should take to defend against the sugarcane aphid. For more information, watch the videos on the Sorghum Checkoff YouTube channel.
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