Sugarcane Aphids Reduce Sorghum Acres

Sorghum acres dropped 14% in 2016 to 7.3 million. While weak commodity prices played a role, no doubt the expensive job of managing sugarcane aphids was to blame, too, especially in Arkansas, where acres dropped by 90%. 

The winged pests have been in the U.S. since the 1970s, but only started munching on grain sorghum in 2013. The pest is capable of wiping out entire crops, and often requires multiple pesticide applications. Only two insecticides are effective: Bayer’s Sivanto and Dow AgroScience’s Transform. Sivanto is commercially available while Transform requires special allowances to be used.

In 2014, the pest cost an additional $64.29 per acre, while decreased pressure in 2015 meant it only cost $36.17 per acre.



Latest News

Is There Anything New from the Latest Farm Bill Debate?

We need to know the final funding level in the debt limit debate before there are can be any attempt to mix and match farm bill titles and funds.

Big Oil is Teaming Up With Big Ag, And it Could Turn Cover Crops Into the New Cash Crop for Farmers

Renewable diesel is revving up interest from both agriculture and the oil industry, and now oil and agriculture companies are teaming up to find additional crop sources to fuel the growing demand.

Tyson Foods Plant Closure Raises Antitrust Concerns Among U.S. Farmers and Experts

Tyson Foods gave its chicken suppliers two months' notice of its plan to shut a Virginia processing plant in May, raising concerns among farmers and legal experts about Tyson's compliance with antitrust regulations.

The Scoop Podcast: Overcome Barriers, Instill Confidence, and Improve Performance

Tim McArdle is working as the ResponsibleAg Industry Ambassador. He highlights how ResponsbileAg is an industry program for the industry that “lights the way for you to be in compliance.”

Southern States: Rebuilding for The Next 100 Years

This year marks the cooperative’s 100th year in business. And as Steve Becraft describes, there’s more to celebrate than the centennial milestone.

The Carbon Games: Agricultural Producers Still Looking for the Leaderboard

“What we need to do to move carbon past the starting line is to show farmers the scoreboard and tell them exactly what they need to do to earn their points,” said Mitchell Hora.