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
With the tremendous upswing in grain sorghum acres this year and early planted sorghum about a week or so away from heading, this may be a good time to revisit basic sorghum growth and disease management. Continue reading
With scattered rains in the forecast and plant bugs in our cotton, the question of rainfastness always comes up. This most common question this year has been … should I use Acephate/Orthene to get rapid knock down of plant bugs before the rain hits? The short answer is not necessarily, and let me explain why. Continue reading
We finally received word that Transform WG has been approved for emergency use to control sugarcane aphids in sorghum during 2015. Restrictions are identical to last year (see below). Continue reading
Too much of a good thing can sometimes be a bad thing and in West Tennessee this year that “thing” is rain. We have been getting a lot of calls from producers this week asking “Is it too late to plant sorghum?” and “Will I still get good yields with planting this late?” Continue reading
Our weed control in grain sorghum this spring ranges from fields that are in pretty good shape to quite a few fields that are absolute grassy weed messes. There have been a number of calls from folks wanting to rescue some of these grain sorghum fields from this grass. Continue reading