Texas grain sorghum farmers have another insecticide available to control the sugarcane aphid.
The Environmental Protection Agency recently announced farmers may use Sulfoxaflor or Transform WG, a Dow AgroSciences pesticide for grain and forage sorghum, in Texas. The product can be used to control the sugarcane aphid (Melanaphis sacchari), which was discovered in the coastal regions and parts of central and north Texas late into the 2013 growing season.
“This product will provide sorghum farmers with an additional tool to control the sugarcane aphid,” said Sorghum Checkoff Crop Improvement Director Justin Weinheimer. “We are very appreciative of the attentive and timely efforts of the agencies involved throughout this approval process.”
The coalition including the United Sorghum Checkoff Program, National Sorghum Producers, Texas Grain Sorghum Producers, Texas AgriLife Research, Oklahoma State Extension, Louisiana State University Ag Center and USDA-ARS has been working diligently to educate producers and provide tools like Transform.
For further information regarding Transform and the recent Section 18 exemption please visit the Texas Department of Agriculture’s website.
For more information on the sugarcane aphid visit the Sorghum Checkoff website.