Modeling Millet and Sorghum Establishment and Growth and Sustainable Crop Production
Kansas State University
Collaborating Scientists' Institutions: Sebele Research Station in the Department of Agricultural Research, ATIP (Botswna); Fort Hays Branch Experiment Station (US)
Richard L. Vanderlip
This project sought to assess the efficacy of natural enemies for biological control of stalk borers and the millet head miner; (2) to implement effective biological controls for pests of millet; and (3) domestically to provide graduate level training programs, develop strategies for implementing biological controls in sorghum and millet, test strategies for implementing biological control in annual crop ecosystems, investigate plant-pest-natural enemy ecology and assess potential of natural enemies as biological control agents for sorghum and millet pests, and optimize integration of effective biological controls with local crop protection and production needs.
Botswana and Mali: Determine suitability of available crop models for use in southern and western Africa. Zimbabwe: Evaluate the genetic variability for sorghumestablishment under conditions of high temperature and moisture stress. U.S.: Developed replanting guidelines based on long-term historical data, achieved plant population, and time of year.