Dow AgroSciences announced the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted an emergency use exemption in Louisiana and Oklahoma for the application of TransformWG insecticide. The Section 18 label, also recently granted in the state of Texas, was issued specifically for control of sugarcane aphids in sorghum.

The pest was detected in 38 counties throughout Louisianna, Texas and Oklahoma in 2013. The infestation spread quickly and yield losses from 25 percent to 50 percent were recorded.  All sorghum-growing counties in the region are at risk with further expansion possible in 2014. Sugarcane aphids thrive in drought conditions and mild winters help them survive.

“The weather likely hasn’t been cold enough to slow the sugarcane aphid down,” said Nate Feauto, product manager, Dow Agrosciences. “Sorghum growers must prepare for the possibility of increased infestations in 2014. Transform has proven to be a highly effective solution for controlling aphids and other damaging pests in many crops.”

Transform is a fast-acting insecticide from a proprietary, new class of chemistry that controls sap-feeding insects, such as aphids. It offers a short seven-day pre-harvest interval for forage and 14-day pre-harvest interval for grain. Transform also has a short 24-hour re-entry interval and has minimal impact on beneficial, according to the company.

Per the Section 18 approval, Transform can be applied up to two times at a rate of 0.75 to 1.5 ounce per acre in each application for control of sugarcane aphid. Applicators applying Transform for sugarcane aphids must have a copy of the Section 18 emergency use exemption label, which expires on Oct. 31, 2014, in their possession prior to spraying.

More information about Transform is at www.transforminsecticide.com.