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Sorghum Crop Pest Update.

corn earwormsmallYesterday and today I have been walking in a few fields of grain sorghum.  Most of the ones I have visited have been heading out and flowering.  The Sorghum Midge was the primary reason for the field visits but I found a few leaf-footed bugs and stink bugs along field borders and a good many head feeding caterpillars.  These caterpillars were primarily corn earworms and tobacco budworms.  The picture above is from one of the fields where I was finding them pretty regular with the worms ranging from two to five days old based on size.  The picture below is of a corn earworm moth laying eggs in one of the fields I visited this morning.

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Here is a page from the 2013 Georgia Pest Management Handbook regarding Grain sorghum pests.  If you have any questions please feel free to call you local county extension agent.

 

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