How To Control Sugarcane Aphids?
9 Nov 233 min 32 sec

Temple has bugs on his grain sorghum. Luckily he has an expert on hand to tell him what to do about it. 

00:01 Obviously we have some kind of insect, so we peeled this crop apart and we've got some type of insects up here. I was forewarned of sugar cane aphids, you know, 00:11 to make sure that I stayed in front of that. Mm-Hmm. But you, you just brought something up. 00:16 So tell me about these sugar cane aphids and how to control this. Well, luckily for you, uh, these aren't sugar cane aphids, 00:22 so they're just aphids. They're just APHIS and the insecticides you put out did a very good job on 'em. I mean, I've, I've walked here, I touched a bunch of leaves. 00:30 I don't find the really sticky honeydew that the residue that's left behind from sugar cane aphids. Um, 00:37 one of the reasons why down south grain sorghum production has kind of fallen to the wayside is because we have a lot of sugar cane API pressure 00:47 in, in the south, right? And the insecticides aren't very good against them. You don't get a lot of control and they can actually just ruin your entire crop. 00:58 What we found Not only ruin a crop, what I was told is they'll ruin the inside your combine when you come in here, they make everything sticky. It's like glue going through your combine. 01:06 So we talked about we use this product to make grain sorghum molasses, right? That's what you're getting. 01:11 You're basically getting just sugar exudate scattered all through the combine and it gets nasty. 01:16 That's a little sticky, Right? What the guys have gone to doing, and we took our cue from sugarcane actually, 01:24 is there is a natural fungus that floats around in the air. And if you have sugarcane aphids and they're, 01:32 they're establishing a colony, just making sure that you apply sweet success in every pass you make going across this field can do tremendous wonders for the crop because you 01:45 raise the bricks level up. Now sugar cane AFI can feed on a lot higher sugar content product, right? You know, 01:54 so you don't have to worry about feed refusal like you do with a lot of other insects, right? When the bricks level gets so high, they can't digest it, right? 02:02 Sugarcane, aphid, because in the name it says sugarcane right is used to a lot of sugar. He wants it 02:08 Right? So you're not gonna get him to back off because it's too sweet. But what you will do is the honey dew that they deposit on the leaves will 02:17 actually allow that fungus to colonize and it will only do it if the sugar content or the bricks level of that honey dew is elevated, 02:27 that fungus is nature's way of maintaining balance. So within 48 hours of that fungus colonizing that honeydew, you can see almost an entire colony collapse of 02:40 those aphids. It's toxic to 'em, Really. And not only have I seen that work in actual sugarcane, but the guys down south that do grow grain sorghum have experienced the 02:53 exact same thing. And their sugar cane aphids, they still have them, but the outbreak is manageable and they don't have the negative impact, 03:02 not only on yield, but also equipment that guys that don't use sweet success. I love the fact of, you know, that meat. I'm not saying that it's, 03:12 it's not a cure all and it's, it's carbon insecticide, don't get me wrong. But anytime that we can cut back on some chemistry and we can add something 03:20 that's natural that I'm all good with, I'm in. So, you heard it here, there's one more little trick to the trade. We'll be back to you soon.

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