Adult flies in the Syrphidae family are conspicuous day-flying insects that are very skilled at hovering, and love to frequent flowers, which led to their common names of “hover flies” or “flower flies”. They are brightly colored and are very abundant in many familiar environments. Many of the hover flies strongly mimic bees in coloration and sound and it is no wonder why many folks confuse them for being small bees or even pests. Continue reading
The phone has been ringing off the hook about sorghum insect control. Sugarcane aphids are being reported in more fields across a wider area. The map below provides a general status on known infestations at this time. There are also plenty of questions about controlling headworms. Let me provide some information and management suggestions. Continue reading
First, let me state that I am not aware of any fields that currently require an insecticide application for sugarcane aphids. However, I expect this to change in the very near future. Sub-threshold populations have been observed in Continue reading
The sugarcane aphid has now been confirmed at low numbers in multiple counties in Lauderdale, Shelby, Hardin, Hardeman, Chester, and Henderson Counties. I’m sure they are present in all the southern counties bordering Mississippi. One difference this year is that those in the middle part of the state, especially in counties bordering Alabama and Georgia, need to be alert. Populations are on the increase. What does this mean! Continue reading
Sugarcane aphids have now been confirmed in Shelby County. The good news is that populations are very low at this time, and it seems to me that we are on a similar schedule as last year. Thus, I’m hoping that much of the early grain sorghum will be at low risk to serious infestations. The bad news is we seem to be on a similar schedule to last year, and we should anticipate that Continue reading
Just a reminder that weekly moth trap catches in pheromone traps can be accessed by clicking on “Moth Trapping Data” under Quick Links on the left menu of our news site. This includes catches of bollworm (corn earworm), tobacco budworm, and southwestern corn borer. There is nothing exciting to report at this time, but be on a lookout for a spike in southwestern corn borer catches over the next two weeks. Over the past several years, this has occurred sometime between late June and mid July.
Economically damaging infestations of sorghum midge are not very common, particularly on early planted milo. However, high populations can cause substantial yield loss. This is a tiny orange fly, and because the larvae develop inside the seed husks. Thus, your only chance of controlling Continue reading
I am getting multiple call about whorl feeding in milo. Fall armyworms or corn earworms are the likley culprits. The photos below were texted to me today by a client. It may look bad, but both sorghum and corn can tolerate a lot of leaf injury without Continue reading