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Sugarcane aphids spike in Texas Valley sorghum

Weslaco IPM Agent Danielle Sekula urges producers to scout their fields.

Shelley E. Huguley, Editor

July 16, 2021

Following a week of rainfall, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension IPM Agent Danielle Sekula urges producers to scout their fields for sugarcane aphids (SCA).

"Prior to the rain, we were finding very light to moderated SCA populations-- it was fairly clean. Now, since last week's rainfall, there has been a spike in SCA. We are seeing high numbers in mature sorghum ready for harvest as well as in flowering sorghum.

"These are the highest populations we've seen all summer."

Despite the muddy fields, Sekula encourages producers to check their field margins. "If you can see leaves glistening for the sugars the SCA excrete when feeding in abundance, if you see a lot of this, you are likely at threshold and will need to treat."

Sekula discusses the state of the Valley sorghum crop, harvest and pests and treatment. Watch this video to learn more. 

*Photos in the video by Danielle Sekula, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

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About the Author(s)

Shelley E. Huguley

Editor, Southwest Farm Press

Shelley Huguley has been involved in agriculture for the last 25 years. She began her career in agricultural communications at the Texas Forest Service West Texas Nursery in Lubbock, where she developed and produced the Windbreak Quarterly, a newspaper about windbreak trees and their benefit to wildlife, production agriculture and livestock operations. While with the Forest Service she also served as an information officer and team leader on fires during the 1998 fire season and later produced the Firebrands newsletter that was distributed quarterly throughout Texas to Volunteer Fire Departments. Her most personal involvement in agriculture also came in 1998, when she married the love of her life and cotton farmer Preston Huguley of Olton, Texas. As a farmwife, she knows first-hand the ups and downs of farming, the endless decisions made each season based on “if” it rains, “if” the drought continues, “if” the market holds. She is the bookkeeper for their family farming operation and cherishes moments on the farm such as taking harvest meals to the field or starting a sprinkler in the summer with the whole family lending a hand. Shelley has also freelanced for agricultural companies such as Olton CO-OP Gin, producing the newsletter Cotton Connections while also designing marketing materials to promote the gin. She has published articles in agricultural publications such as Southwest Farm Press while also volunteering her marketing and writing skills to non-profit organizations such as Refuge Services, an equine-assisted therapy group in Lubbock. She and her husband reside in Olton with their three children Breely, Brennon and HalleeKate.

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