Beekeepers Should Move their Colonies away from Sorghum and Milo

A new and devastating pest of sorghum and milo requires extensive spraying of insecticides for control.  The Yellow Sugar Cane Aphid was discovered on these crops in Mississippi last year.  The aphid has shifted from sugar cane onto the new and vulnerable plant hosts (sorghum and milo).  This pest can reach incredibly high populations in these fields in very short periods of time.  The result is severe economic harm to the grower.  As a consequence, many of these farmers are applying foliar insecticides 1-2 times per week.  If you have bees near these fields, they are under much greater risk of exposure than in years past because of this greatly increase rate of insecticide application.  I highly recommend that you move your bees away from these crops, or you find a way of protecting them from the potential of insecticide drift.  The risk is much greater than in previous years near these fields of sorghum and milo.

 

— Dr. Jeff Harris

Leave a Reply