Cotton and sorghum producers are applauding Section 18 emergency use exemptions from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for Transform WG insecticide. Transform provides growers with an effective tool for controlling sap-feeding pests including major yield-robbers – tarnished plant bug in cotton and sugarcane aphid in sorghum.
States receiving Section 18s for cotton production include Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and select counties in Alabama. States receiving Section 18s in sorghum include Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Texas and Virginia.
Applications for Section 18s are pending in additional cotton- and sorghum-producing states, according to a Corteva Agriscience news release.
Transform has shown excellent control of tarnished plant bug, a perennially troublesome cotton pest. Louisiana crop consultant Hank Jones with RHJ Ag Services LLC, says the Section 18 emergency use exemptions are crucial for growers.
“Transform is a reliable insecticide that offers great control of a yield-limiting pest,” he says. “The reliability Transform offers for controlling tarnished plant bug is unparalleled.”
Without Transform, consultants in many areas would have to rely on multiple applications of other insecticides, which are less effective. Having it as an option allows consultants to implement better Integrated Pest Management plans, Jones says.
Transform WG insecticide controls pests with both translaminar and systemic activity. It has minimal impact on beneficial insects, and it won’t trigger flare-ups of spider mites or cotton aphids.
“Transform offers consistent performance and an alternate mode of action desperately needed to control the most economically important cotton pest,” says Dr. Angus Catchot, an entomologist at Mississippi State University. “If we did not have Transform, we would rely more frequently on organophosphates and carbamates mixed with pyrethroids, which flare secondary pests, requiring even further control measures.”
To learn more about Transform WG insecticide, visit Transform.Corteva.US.