Insects, like the sugarcane aphid (melanaphis sacchari), cause problems for field crops like grain sorghum. You are in the right place to learn to get better yield by protecting your field crops. We hope you take advantage of Better Yield in the Field. Click any of the images below to start learning!
We provide field crop pest management news, training videos, blog posts, and articles. Our current focus of outreach programs are sorghum and cotton production insects. Though some insects are beneficial, a major focus is to help farmers understand harmful insect pests.We have produced training videos about insect collecting, the principles of IPM and more. If you prefer reading, a list of publications is also available here. Much of the information we provide applies to other settings, but we recommend contacting your local extension office. If you would like to access our Spanish materials click here.
The Sugarcane Aphid
A current hot topic is the sugarcane aphid. This aphid is an invasive species that causes significant crop damage to sorghum. It has recently come to the United States and is a major problem in Texas. Through the training offered on this site, you will learn to identify and estimate its density more effectively. With these skills you will be able to effectively treat for this pest. This can lead to savings by helping farmers make better decisions.
Better Yield in the Field is part of the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension program. It is overseen by entomologists Dr. Robert Bowling and Jason Thomas.