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Aphids and fall army worms pose threats to Texas sorghum.
Harvesting grain sorghum near San Angelo, Texas
Texas grain sorghum producers have dual threats to watch as fall armyworms and sugarcane aphids move into fields across the state.
The aphid, which started early in South Texas and has steadily moved north as sorghum matured, has now been identified west of I-35 for the first time, according to a report from Kathleen Phillips, Texas AgriLife media in College Station.
And Extension media specialist Steve Byrns reports from San Angelo that farmers should be alert to fall armyworm infestations in sorghum across much of the state. Each quoted Texas AgriLife Extension statewide integrated pest management coordinator Charles Allen, who works out of San Angelo.
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Entomologists across the state advise sorghum producers to stay vigilant for fall armyworms. “This is not a panic situation yet, but a growing number of reports of increasing numbers of fall armyworms from AgriLife Extension entomologists located across the state have led us to warn producers of this possible threat,” said Allen.
Entomologists Pat Porter and Ed Bynum, at Lubbock and Amarillo, respectively, are alerting AgriLife Extension personnel, consultants and farmers of the potential threat to grain sorghum and non-Bt corn in West Texas.
Bynum is running a trapping network for fall armyworms and other pests in the Panhandle.