- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - An invasive aphid that attacks sugarcane and sorghum crops could be headed to New Mexico.

An entomologist at New Mexico State University, Jane Pierce, issued the warning to New Mexico farmers on Monday. She says the pest has been moving westward from South Texas into the Panhandle.

Pierce says the sugarcane aphid was spotted near Amarillo, Texas, last year and could be in New Mexico by now.

Experts will be keeping a close eye on sorghum fields and the common weed called johnsongrass throughout eastern New Mexico.

If the aphid is spotted, the New Mexico Department of Agriculture can apply for permission to use the most effective insecticides.

Pierce says the aphid can reproduce rapidly and be carried by the wind.

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