TEXAS: Sugarcane aphid pressures in grain sorghum continue to grow across the south and it’s important to consider management options as we approach the planting season.
Since 2013, sugarcane aphid populations have slowly increased, with last year being the first instance where nearly all grain sorghum fields experienced some level of infestation. Planting is nearly here, so it’s important to keep in mind ways to reduce stress on the crop. Some seed varieties have demonstrated levels of resistance and there are some insecticides labeled for control.
Contact your local seed dealer for variety information and your Syngenta representative for treatment recommendations.
Photo source: Texas A&M Extension
Reporting from Crawford, TX