Texas Receives Approval of Transform® WG Insecticide for Use in Sorghum
Section 18 granted for sugarcane aphid control

Tuesday, April, 12, 2016 3:45 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS —Dow AgroSciences announced that in response to the state’s request, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted a Section 18 emergency use exemption in Texas for the application of Transform® WG insecticide for control of sugarcane aphids in sorghum.

Transform is a fast-acting insecticide from a proprietary class of chemistry from Dow AgroSciences that was introduced commercially in 2013 in cotton, potatoes, canola, soybeans and other crops. Last year, Section 18 exemptions were granted in many states for control of sugarcane aphids in sorghum.

“Sorghum growers are again battling sugarcane aphids and they need an effective control option to combat this devastating pest,” says Todd Pilcher, product manager, Dow AgroSciences.

Sugarcane aphids first appeared in sorghum in 2013, mostly in Texas and Louisiana, but the last two years have spread across 14 states. Sugarcane aphids feed on plant sap, causing the foliage to turn purple and yellow, thereby reducing yield. The pest also produces a sticky honeydew that collects on leaves and stalks, creating reduced harvest efficiency and clogged combines.

“Sugarcane aphids multiply quickly so we need to scout early and often. Early applications of an insecticide with a unique mode of action will help keep those populations in check,” says Dr. Robert Bowling, AgriLife Extension entomology specialist at Texas A&M. “Not only does Transform insecticide provide control of sugarcane aphids, but its unique chemistry gives growers an effective resistance management tool as well.”

Recognizing the pressing needs of growers, Dow AgroSciences is working diligently to support re-established EPA Section 3 registrations of products containing sulfoxaflor in all previously labeled crops. Refer to individual state Section 18 labels for complete application guidelines and limitations.

Transform® WG insecticide approved for use in sorghum in Texas under Section 18 label.

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Elizabeth Astin
Bader Rutter

Todd Pilcher
Dow AgroSciences LLC


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