Sorghum is grown in California as a high yielding, drought resistant, low input forage and grain crop.
However, it's been bugged lately.
Last month, a sorghum field in Yolo County and fields throughout the Central Valley were infested with sugarcane aphid. This infestation came in relatively late in the Sacramento Valley.
The sugarcane aphid has a characteristic combination of black marks on its legs and antennae, plus black cornicles. (Photo Ian Grettenberger, left, Texas A&M, right)
This insect infestation isn't as severe as three years ago, when this pest burst with a vengeance upon California sorghum fields, having first troubled plantings in Texas and Oklahoma, where large...