Sorghum Insect Pests

Quick Information Sheet and Guides

Brewer, M.,  R. Bowling, J. Michaud, and A. Jacobson. 2016. Sugarcane aphid: a new sorghum pest in North America, 2 pp. ENTO-056 Texas A&M AgriLife, College Station, TX. (ENTO-056 2017)

Bowling, R, M. Brewer, A. Knutson, M. Way, P. Porter, E. Bynum, C. Allen, and R. Villanueva. 2016. Scouting sugarcane aphids. NTO-043, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, College Station, TX. (available in English and Spanish)

Bowling, R., M. Brewer, and S. Biles. 2015. The sugarcane aphid: a review and scouting recommendations. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Corpus Christi, Texas. (2015 Bowling)

Knutson, A., R. Bowling, M. Brewer, E. Bynum, and P. Porter, 2016. The Sugarcane Aphid: Management Guidelines for Grain and Forage Sorghum in Texas.  Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and Research, Texas A&M University. (2016 Knutson ENTO-035)

Villanueva, R.T., M. Brewer, M.O. Way, S. Biles, D. Sekula, E. Bynum, J. Swart, C. Crumley, A. Knutson, P. Porter, R. Parker, G. Odvody, C. Allen, D. Ragsdale, W. Rooney, G.  Peterson, D. Kerns, T. Royer, and S. Armstrong. 2014. Sugarcane aphid: a new pest of sorghum, 4 pp. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, College Station, TX. (2014 Villanueva)

Brewer, M., M. Way, S. Armstrong, D. Kerns, S. Biles, C. Crumley, D. Sekula, J. Swart, A. Knutson, R. Villanueva, R. Parker, G. Odvody, and D. Ragsdale. 2013 Outbreak of sorghum/sugarcane aphid on sorghum: first detections, distribution, and notes on management. Texas Plant Protection Conference, Bryan, TX, December 2013 (Brewer TPPA). View the Webinar by clicking this link.

Webinars, Posters and Presentations

Maxson, E., M. Brewer, and J. Woolley. 2016. Species composition and seasonality of the natural enemies of sugarcane aphid on susceptible and resistant sorghum. Entomological Society of America, Southwest Branch Meeting.  Feb 24, Tyler, TX. (poster presentation, 2nd place M.S. poster competition Maxson 2016 ESA).

Brewer, M., and J. Gordy. 2016. Sugarcane aphid economic threshold and sampling update. Texas A&M AgrLife Research and Extension Center webinar series.  Corpus Christi, TX (2015 Brewer Gordy). Complete seminar is available at

Biles, S., J. Gordy, R. Bowling, and M. Brewer. 2015. No benefit of adjuvants to enhance sufloxaflor and flupyradifrone for sugarcane aphid management. Texas Plant Protection Conference, Bryan, TX (2015 Biles TPPA).

Bowling, R., M. Brewer, S. Biles, and J. Gordy. 2015. 2015 Occurrence of sugarcane aphid in the U.S. and Mexico with reference to occurrence in 2013 and 2014. Texas Plant Protection Conference, Bryan, TX (2015 BowlingTPPA).

Bowling, R., M. Brewer, L. Russell, and M. Young. 2015. Evaluation and economic assessment of multiple insecticide strategies for managing pest complexes in sorghum. Annual Meeting of the Entom. Soc. Amer., Minn. MN (2015 Bowling ESA MN).

Brewer, M. 2015. Pest management strategies to control sugarcane aphid in grain and forage sorghum. Agriculture Technology Conference, Commerce, TX (2015 Brewer ATC 47).

Brewer, M., and R. Bowling. 2015. Sugarcane aphid on grain sorghum: distribution, thresholds, and hybrid sensitivity.  Texas Plant Protection Conference, Bryan, TX (2015 Brewer Bowling TPPA 22).

Gordy, J., M. Brewer, D. Anderson, R. Bowling, and M.O. Way. 2015. Development of Thresholds for Management of Sugarcane Aphid on Sorghum. Texas Plant Protection Conference, Bryan, TX (2015 Gordy Brewer TPPA).

Gordy, J., S. Biles, R. Bowling, M. Brewer, and M.O. Way. 2015. Sugarcane Aphid Plant Injury, Residual, and Yield Response Following Insecticide Applications in Three Texas Studies. Texas Plant Protection Conference, Bryan, TX (2015 Gordy Biles TPPA).

Brewer, M., and R. Bowling. 2014. Sugarcane aphid on sorghum: distribution, damage, thresholds, and insecticides. Texas Plant Protection Conference, Bryan, TX (Dec, 15 min oral presentation).  Access slide deck here 2014 TPPA final

Bowling, R., and M. Brewer. 2014. Occurrence of sugarcane sphid (Homoptera: Aphididae) on sorghum in the United States. Texas Plant Protection Conference, Bryan, TX (Dec, poster presentation). Access poster here 2014 TPPA Bowling

Reviewed Publications

Bowling, R., M.J. Brewer, D.L. Kerns, J. Gordy, N. Seiter, N.E. Elliott, D. Buntin, M.O. Way, T. Royer, S. Biles, and E. Maxson. 2016. Sugarcane aphid (Homoptera: Aphididae): a new pest on sorghum in North America. J. Integrated Pest Manage. 7: 12 (2016 Bowling).

Armstrong, J.S., W.L. Rooney, G.C. Peterson  R.T. Villanueva  M.J. Brewer, and D. Sekula-Ortiz. 2015. Sugarcane aphid (Hemiptera: Aphididae): host range and sorghum resistance including cross-resistance from greenbug sources.  J. Econ. Entomol. 108: 576-582 (DOI: 10.1093/jee/tou065). (2015 Armstrong)

Elliott, N.C., G.F. Backoulou, M.J. Brewer, and K.L. Giles  2015. NDVI to detect sugarcane aphid injury to grain sorghum. J. Econ. Entomol. 108: 1452–1455 (DOI: 10.1093/jee/tov080). (2015 Elliott)

Elliott, N., M.J. Brewer, K.L. Giles a, G.F. Backoulou, B.P. McCornack, B.B. Pendleton, and T.A. Royer. 2014. Sequential sampling for panicle caterpillars (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) in Sorghum.  J. Econ. Entomol. 107: 846-853. (2014 Elliott)

Misc. Reports

Brewer, M. 2014. Sugarcane aphid on sorghum: monitoring and threshold research update. Texas A&M AgriLife Research misc. report, Corpus Christi, TX.  (2014 Brewer)

Link to Field Crops Entomology

Link to Webinars for Aphid Pest in Sorghum

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