As grain sorghum matures Texas AampM AgriLife Extension Service agronomists and entomologists are warning to producers to diligently scout fields for armyworms

As grain sorghum matures, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomists and entomologists are warning to producers to diligently scout fields for armyworms.

Texas AgriLife agronomist warns sorghum growers about armyworms

Pat Porter, AgriLife Extension entomologist at Lubbock, reports large numbers of both armyworm moths and larvae throughout the region.

Grain sorghum producers should be on alert in coming weeks for armyworms as the crop heads out.

 “The second-generation trap counts showed they were very high,” said Dr. Calvin Trostle, AgriLife Extension agronomist, Lubbock. “Compared to 2011, which was considered a bad year, they were even higher in July.”

Pat Porter, AgriLife Extension entomologist at Lubbock, reports large numbers of both armyworm moths and larvae throughout the region. But the situation requires even more vigilance in late August as sorghum heads mature.

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“The worm damage in the whorl is mostly a cosmetic thing as long as they don’t go down into the head,” Trostle said. “Now we have a lot of headed sorghum in the South Plains and West Texas.”

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