Sugarcane Aphid: Research and Management Updates
The sugarcane aphid has proven a formidable opponent to sorghum growers since 2013. However, the sorghum industry has taken great strides forward in combating this pest through strategic research endeavors.
The Sorghum Checkoff invested $350,000 in a collaborative project with Dow AgroSciences in 2015, funding 23 scientists from 12 states geared toward enhancing best management practices against the sugarcane aphid. The results of the 2015 effort provided much needed management information for growers and aided in the development of the Sorghum Checkoff sugarcane aphid management guide. Since then, new management tools such as tolerant hybrids have begun to make their way to farmers’ fields.
The Sorghum Checkoff has made further investments into understanding the sugarcane aphid by collaborating with Dow AgroSciences and Bayer CropScience in 2016 on a national endeavor geared toward addressing scientific and educational needs for controlling the sugarcane aphid in U.S. sorghum production.
“The sugarcane aphid is one of the most significant pests to affect sorghum in recent history,” said Justin Weinheimer, Sorghum Checkoff crop improvement director. “The Sorghum Checkoff board of directors invested approximately $300,000 in sugarcane aphid research again this year to ensure farmers have the tools they need to combat this pest.”Find out more