Kendal Wright, Hunt County, Texas, is watching sugarcane aphid infestation closely to protect “an excellent crop” of grain sorghum.
Aphids crawl over the bottom of this grain sorghum leaf. Heavy infestations of the pest can create severe yield loss and harvest problems.
A ladybug beetle emerges from a pupal case in a grain sorghum field. Ladybugs and lacewings are primary predators of aphids.
Good crop prospects
Good crop prospect for Northeast Texas grain sorghum has farmers watching closely for sugarcane aphid infestations.
Grain sorghum may need just one more rain to make an excellent crop, says Hunt County farmer Kendal Wright. He says he’s watching aphid infestations to prevent yield loss.
Healthy heads of grain sorghum indicate good yield potential.
Heavy infestations of sugarcane aphids can cause serious yield loss and problems at harvest time from the sticky honeydew secreted by the pests.
IPM Specialist Jim Swart
IPM specialist Jim Swart checks a grain sorghum field for sugarcane aphid infestations. Swart says treating the aphid with Transform WG insecticide has proven effective so far this summer.
One more rain
One more rain is needed to finish what many Northeast Texas grain sorghum farmers expect to be a good crop. Protecting yield from sugarcane aphid is also a priority.
Treating fields with Transform WG
Treating fields with Transform WG insecticide, available through a Section 18 Special Exemption, has resulted in almost perfect control of sugarcane aphid populations in Northeast Texas, but continued scouting is essential to prevent population explosions and yield loss, say Jim Swart, IPM agent, and other specialists.
White specks on grain sorghum leaves are cast off skins of aphids.
long came a spider
Along came a spider, a predator of insects but not as effective in grain sorghum as lady beetles and lacewings, specialists say.