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Sugarcane aphid research outlines economical control methods

by Kay Ledbetter, Texas A&M AgriLife

Sorghum producers can reduce input costs and improve their bottom line in the battle against sugarcane aphids in the Texas High Plains through the use of selected varieties and early planting and scouting, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research study.

Dr. Ada (ah da) Szczepaniec (Stra PA netz), AgriLife Research entomologist in Amarillo, has wrapped up her first year of assessing the impact of planting dates, insecticide seed treatments and resistant varieties of sorghum on the timing and severity of sugarcane aphid infestations in a study near Bushland. Continue reading

Career Opportunities: Scientist II, Bayer

Supporting the Professional Pest Management & Vector Control businesses in North America, the primary responsibilities of this role, Scientist ll, are to:

  • Provide technical leadership in developing new products and label expansions, new formulations and alternative control methods. Participate in project teams, utilizing process optimization, project management and technology tools to ensure strategies are technically sound;
  • Develop research programs, write trial protocols, and administer grant-in-aid funding, so as to quickly identify the value of innovative concepts, and efficiently advance new ideas through development process. Prepare summaries for each trial season, and prepare bioefficacy dossiers for regulatory submissions;
  • Work independently to analyze and interpret trial data from all sources, provide technical summaries to enhance sales effectiveness and make biological recommendations serving as a basis for investment decisions in new development opportunities;
  • Identify and reduce to practice innovative concepts, through interaction with field development, technical directors, university researchers, etc;
  • Preparation of trial programs &/or project workloads for up to 10 FTEs in field development, development station biologists, and in formulation development.

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