Thursday, December 10, 2015

Texas Department of Agriculture Requests Transform Use in 2016

Dale R. Scott, Coordinator for Pesticide Product Evaluation and Registration, Texas Department of Agriculture, this week submitted a Section 18 (emergency exemption) request to EPA to allow Transform insecticide (sulfoxaflor) to be used on sorghum for sugarcane aphid control in 2016. 

The FOCUS on Entomology newsletter presented news of the announcement of Transform's cancellation in October and pointed out the serious need to have Transform available for sugarcane aphid control next year, in part because of the damage caused by this aphid and the very real threat of developing resistance to the sole remaining effective insecticide, Sivanto. 

The Texas Department of Agriculture understands the magnitude of the threat sugarcane aphid poses to Texas sorghum growers and has acted swiftly to try to restore a much needed production tool. EPA might or might not grant the request, but Texas sorghum growers should know that TDA has taken action.