With the serious threat caused by an explosion of sugarcane aphid populations in South Texas in the fall of 2013 and in this growing season, entomologists are warning producers to review their pest management plans now in the event their grain sorghum fields should become infested by this new aphid.
Sorghum producers in Texas now have been cleared to use Transform, a product from Dow AgroSciences that is proving exceptionally effective. Dow AgroSciences' Charlcey Vinyard and Travis Hirst say the product was approved by USDA in April of this year for use in grain sorghum in Texas. Vinyard says two applications are allowed, not to exceed three ounces total in a growing season.
A second choice recommended to help control sugarcane aphid in grain sorghum is Dimethoate, though length of effective protection is shorter.