Sugarcane aphid has been found in 17 states, most notably in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, eastern Mississippi and Louisiana. In 2013, growers lost up to 50 percent of grain sorghum yield in infested fields.
You can use TerrAvion’s NDVI imagery in conjunction with field scouting to help monitor aphid infestations, time insecticide applications, and limit yield loss.
In this NDVI image, you can see a possible sugarcane aphid infestation in a Milo field. Milo fields should be scouted at least once a week to monitor sugarcane aphid infestations. If you find sugarcane aphids in your field, consult your agronomist to form a plan of action. If you and agronomist decide to make a chemical treatment, you can use your imagery to help properly time an insecticide application. To time treatments, a grower must first be able to identify areas infested with sugarcane aphid. Ground truth any irregularities you see in your imagery, and if they do indeed turn out to be an infestation, use your imagery to identify other areas that look to be infected. This enables you to quickly target problem areas and act in a timely manner to control the pest.
How To Monitor Aphid Infestations, Time Insecticide Applications and Limit Yield Loss In Sorghum With TerrAvion:
This is how you can use TerrAvion imagery to manage a sugarcane aphid infestation in sorghum.
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