Checkoff Advances Sugarcane Aphid Research
Despite the spread of the sugarcane aphid to 90 percent of U.S. sorghum acres in the 2016 growing season, producers set a national yield record at 77.9 bushels per acre. The Sorghum Checkoff is committed to helping producers continue to combat this unwelcome pest while improving crop and management practices.
The Sorghum Checkoff co-hosted with Dow AgroSciences and Bayer CropScience the second Sorghum - Sugarcane Aphid Research Exchange Meeting on January 3-4 in Dallas, Texas. The meeting served as an opportunity for nearly 60 researchers to present the findings of research conducted throughout 2016. The Sorghum Checkoff plans to distribute the research findings to producers throughout 2017 and continues to provide education and support for those who need to manage the pest.
"While the sugarcane aphid was a major issue for many producers in 2016, we believe the impact was lessened by management strategies implemented based on knowledge gained from research trials in 2015," said Sorghum Checkoff Agronomist Brent Bean, Ph.D. "The Sorghum Checkoff board of directors invested $300,000 in sugarcane aphid research in 2016, and research partnerships have been developed with universities and extension to help provide more solutions for growers."
Bean said results from the 2016 targeted research will help fill sugarcane aphid management knowledge gaps. The research conducted targeted six key areas: Determining optimum threshold between different growth stages, managing the sugarcane aphid at harvest, managing the sugarcane aphid in the presence of other pests, evaluating reduced rates and tank mixes of available insecticides, determining efficacy and residual activity of seed treatments on the sugarcane aphid and demonstrating integrated pest management (IPM) approaches to aphid control.Find out more