The following was released by Dr. Pat Porter, District 2 Entomologist, and Dr. Ed Bynum, District 1 Entomologist, detailing the latest movement and establishment of the sugarcane aphid, some of which is economic. They are getting closer to our area, and we remain vigilant in our sorghum scouting watching for this pest.
Aphids Found in Mills County, Reported in Comanche, Hamilton Counties and More
Tom Guthrie, County Extension Agent Ag, in Mills County is reporting building populations of sugarcane aphid on sorghum in Mills County. Some fields have exceeded the economic threshold. He has credible reports of sugarcane aphids in Comanche and Hamilton counties. Additionally, a private consultant has reported finding aphids in Nolan, Fisher and Jones counties at treatable levels.
Sugarcane aphids on sorghum in Mills County. Photo credit: Tom Guthrie.
Reports of Sugarcane Aphid in Oklahoma
I received a call this morning from a County Extension Agent from Lipscomb County in the Texas Panhandle. He had seen on Facebook that sugarcane aphids were found near Clinton, OK. As a crow flies this about 175 miles east of Amarillo, TX on interstate 40. I contacted Dr. Tom Royer, Oklahoma State University entomologist, to see if this could be confirmed. He stated that low numbers of sugarcane aphids were beginning to be found in several Oklahoma counties. So, this is just another report of an increase in sugarcane aphid activity.