After a lengthy review, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reevaluated data supporting use of sulfoxaflor and has renewed its registration with specific conditions. Examples of sulfoxaflor products include Dow’s Transform, Closer and Sequoia insecticides.
“Sulfoxaflor will now have fewer uses and additional requirements that will protect bees,” EPA says in a recent press release.
Products containing sulfoxaflor can only be used on crops that limit bee exposure to the pesticide. Indeterminate blooming crops such as citrus, cotton, cucurbits, soybeans and strawberry are not included in the registration. In addition, application of sulfoxaflor insecticide is prohibited on crops grown for seed production.
Registered crops include: those that are not bee attractive (barley, triticale, wheat and turf grass); crops to be harvested before bloom (brassica leafy vegetables, bulb vegetables, leafy vegetables, watercress, leaves of root and tubers and root and tuber vegetables); and bee attractive plants with application allowed post-bloom only (berries, canola, fruiting vegetables, pome fruit, ornamentals, potato, stone fruit, succulent and dry beans, tree nuts and pistachio).
Dow says it’s working with the EPA to expand use into other crops and some states are seeking emergency exemption for crops not in the renewed label.
For more information and answers to frequently asked questions about using sulfoxaflor under the renewed registration click here.