The presence of a new Bermuda grass pest was confirmed in Van Zandt County in 2013, and producers are advised to be on the lookout.
Unlike other insects that attack plants from the outside, the Bermuda grass stem maggot damages them from inside, according to Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, AgriLife Extension forage specialist, Overton. “Basically, they consume material inside the stem, unlike army worms or grasshoppers, where the damage is external.”
The Oil Belt Farm and Ranch Club and Gregg County AgriLife Extension invite you to come learn more about this new pest that has invaded East Texas as Dr. Olson brings us up to date on this problem. The Oil Belt Farm and Ranch Club meeting will begin at 7:00 PM, Tuesday, May 27th, at the Gregg County Extension Auditorium. Parking will be in the rear of the Extension office at 405 E. Marshall Street, and entry will be through the rear door of the building.
All programs provided by the Gregg County Extension office are open to the public, and your participation in the Oil Belt Farm and Ranch Club is encouraged by its members.
There will be one continuing educational unit (CEU) in the general category for producers with a private applicator pesticide license. We look forward to seeing you on May 27th.
For more information on this or any other agricultural related challenge, you may contact Hugh Soape, County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources in Gregg County at 903-236-8429.