Sugarcane Aphid Confirmed in Imperial County

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bugsIMPERIAL COUNTY — The Imperial County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office wishes to inform all members of the local agricultural industry that on November 21, 2016, sugarcane aphid, Melanaphis sacchari was confirmed at two different locations within Imperial County.

This is the first confirmation in the county; however, it was found in the San Joaquin Valley and Arizona this summer.  This pest can spread very rapidly.  The sugarcane aphid feeds on sugarcane and has been shown to be damaging to Sudangrass and sweet sorghum crops, affecting both quality and yield.  The sugarcane aphids can be found on the leaves by a visual survey.  Other hosts have been reported but do not appear to be reproductive hosts. There are no reports of damage or loss from other locations.

For more information, contact the Agricultural Commissioner’s Office at (442) 265-1500 or Cooperative Extension at (760) 352-9474.