Diseases + Pests: Milo is susceptible to many of the same diseases and insects as corn. Scouting will be important to know if fungicides need to be applied. Scout regularly for signs of sugarcane aphid infestation like honeydew on the leaves and secondary plant pathogen infections. Sugarcane aphids can have a serious impact on yield.Harvesting: Milo reaches physiological maturity at 30% moisture, but, at moistures higher than 25%, the seeds are too soft to withstand threshing. Early harvesting is advisable due to our more humid conditions and the potential for mold development.
Milo plants do not die until they are frost killed. Therefore, green trash is a concern in combing and storing. Cleaning milo before and after drying is recommended for storage and reducing fire risk during drying. Use caution when drying milo.