David Kerns is new Texas IPM Coordinator

Currently the Jack Hamilton Regent’s Chair in Cotton Production and Row Crop IPM, Dr. David Kerns has agreed to return to the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in the role of Statewide IPM Coordinator and Extension Entomologist. Dr. Kerns brings with him significant experience working with IPM Agents and field crop entomology. He will add depth and experience to the Extension team in both of these areas and will collaborate productively with Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Faculty to improve IPM systems in cotton, corn, grain sorghum and other field crops.  Continue reading

White sugarcane aphid now causing problems in Georgia, Florida sorghum

In Southeast Farm Press

In the last two weeks, the white sugarcane aphid has been confirmed at damaging levels in sorghum fields in Florida and Georgia. The difficult-to-control pest started causing problems in Texas two years ago when it switched its host preference from sugarcane to grains.

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Mid-South grain sorghum faces messy new pest

From Delta Farm Press

White sugarcane aphids are on the move in Mid-South grain sorghum and are making a sticky mess in some fields, according to Extension entomologists.

The aphid (Melanaphis sacchari) has been found this season in Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi and Arkansas.

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