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Farmers urged to prep for possible aphid attack

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Posted: Mar 7, 2014 6:38 AM by Hunter Robinson
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: LSU AgCenter, sorghum crops, aphids

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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