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Farmers urged to prep for possible aphid attack

3 years 3 months 2 weeks ago March 07, 2014 Mar 7, 2014 Friday, March 07 2014 March 07, 2014 5:38 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Hunter Robinson

WINNSBORO - LSU AgCenter scientists are warning Louisiana farmers about a new pest infiltrating sorghum crops, and urging them to be on the lookout.

Entomologist David Kerns, in a news release Thursday, says sugarcane aphids were seen infesting sorghum in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Oklahoma last year. Kerns says it's now been found in johnsongrass, sweet sorghum and sorghum-Sudan.

He says the pest was detected in 38 counties and parishes in the four states.

The sugarcane aphid has been found in sugarcane in Louisiana since 1999.

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