Texas Sorghum: Sugarcane Aphid Arrives on Southern High Plains – UPDATE

Blayne Reed 7/12 – A quick update to the sugarcane aphid population watch.  Yesterday I did find and confirm the aphid in northwestern Hale County on seed milo.  The population was what I would consider very light and not at our High Plains SCA treatment thresholds yet.  Less than 5% of these early bloom stage plants in this field had small colonies of 20 or less sca on them.

Listed here are those treatment thresholds:

Treatment threshold:

  • Pre-boot: 20% of plants with aphids
  • Boot: 20% of plants infested with 50 aphids per leaf.
  • Flowering to Milk: 30% of plants infested with 50 aphids per leaf.
  • Soft dough through dough: 30% of plants infested
    *Do not let them get too numerous before treating*

Maximize spray coverage best you can – spray AT LEAST 10 GPA by ground and 5 GPA by air;  *Spray by ground if possible*


Kerry Siders, EA-IPM in Hockley, Cochran and Lamb counties, just reported that Danny Quisenberry, a crop consultant, found sugarcane aphids on older grain sorghum four miles north of Earth in northern Lamb County.

Additionally, Greg Cronholm, a private crop consultant, just reported sugarcane aphids on sorghum in southern Castro County.

Neither of these populations is at a treatable level, just small colonies on isolated plants at present. If this year’s infestation pattern follows those of 2014-2017, then it is likely the aphids are already present in Hale, Floyd and Lubbock counties, although we have had no reports of this as yet.


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