Transform Insecticide and its use in flowering canola

This is a reminder for agronomists, farmers and spray contractors planning to treat flowering canola with an insecticide.

The extraordinary combination of warm autumn weather conditions, the prevalence of resistant green peach aphid and the explosion of the BWYV has seen Transform™ applied successfully across large tracts of canola in the southern states.

As canola still needs protection from aphids, spraying is likely to continue into the flowering stage and this note serves to remind users of Transform of their responsibilities with regard to bee safety.

  • Do Not apply Transform while bees are foraging in the crop to be treated.
  • Do Not apply Transform to crops in flower during the daytime if temperatures within an hour after the completion of spraying are expected to exceed 12 °C.
  • Beekeepers who are known to have hives in, or nearby, the area to be sprayed should be notified no less than 48 hours prior to the time of the planned application so that bees can be removed or otherwise protected prior to spraying. Transform may harm bees in hives which are over-sprayed or reached by spray drift.
  • Do Not apply Transform upwind of adjacent plants in flower that are likely to be visited by bees at the time of application during the daytime if temperatures within an hour after the completion of spraying are expected to exceed 12 °C.

When used according to label recommendation, Transform will not present an unacceptable risk to bees.

Transform Label

CAUTION: this product is highly toxic to bees.
If honeybees are present in the target area during flowering see the PROTECTION OF LIVESTOCK directions.

Crop Pest Rate (mL/ha) Critical comments
Canola Aphids (including cabbage aphid, green peach aphid and turnip aphid) 100 mL + wetting agent The 1st application can be made anytime up to full flowering (50% flowers open on the main raceme) and, if required, a 2nd application can be made no later than 14 days after full flowering. DO NOT make more than 2 applications per crop. DO NOT use on canola grown as a forage crop and DO NOT use on dual-use canola prior to grazing.

Protection of livestock

  • Highly toxic to bees.
  • Will kill foraging bees directly exposed through contact during spraying and while spray droplets are still wet.
  • May harm bees in hives which are over-sprayed or reached by spray drift.
  • Do Not apply this product while bees are foraging in the crop to be treated.
  • Treatments made to crops in flower or upwind of adjacent plants in flower that are likely to be visited by bees at the time of application, should not occur during the daytime if temperatures within an hour after the completion of spraying are expected to exceed 12 °C.
  • It is recommended that orchard floors containing flowering plants be mown just prior to spraying.
  • Beekeepers who are known to have hives in, or nearby, the area to be sprayed should be notified no less than 48 hours prior to the time of the planned application so that bees can be removed or otherwise protected prior to spraying.