Sugarcane aphids

Sugarcane aphids.

Sorghum checkoff, Dow collaborate on aphid control

“The sugarcane aphid has proven to be one of the most significant pests to sorghum in recent history.”

The Sorghum Checkoff is taking aim at the sugarcane aphid, a relatively recent pest to grain sorghum capable of devastating losses.

The checkoff will commit $350,000 to control the pest, according to sorghum Checkoff reports. Sugarcane aphid management efforts will be in collaboration with Dow AgroSciences and will include a national focus to find best practices to deal with the increasingly damaging pest.

 “The sugarcane aphid has proven to be one of the most significant pests to sorghum in recent history,” said Justin Weinheimer, Sorghum Checkoff crop improvement director. “The Sorghum Checkoff board of directors invested $350,000 in this project to ensure farmers have the tools they need to be successful.”

This multi-state effort seeks to better understand key management protocols.

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