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Transform Insecticide Cancelled for use on Sorghum

From the Texas Sugarcane Aphid News

On November 12, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the following statement about Transform, one of two available insecticides effective in controlling sugarcane aphid. Continue reading

EPA exemptions granted in Southeast for white sugarcane aphid control

In Southeast Farm Press

by Paul Hollis

Environmental Protection Agency emergency exemptions have been granted throughout the Southeast that hopefully will help sorghum producers in their battle against the white sugarcane aphid.

Mace Bauer, University of Florida/IFAS Extension agent in Columbia County, says the exemption is valid in his state until Dec. 31, 2014, and will allow for rescue treatments on late-planted sorghum. Bauer, along with entomologist Gregg Nuessly, was instrumental in spearheading the effort to obtain Section 18 Exemption in Florida. The exemption allows the use of Transform WG, a Dow AgroSciences product, for controlling the emerging insect pest.

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Mid-south still battling sugarcane aphid

From Delta Farm Press

As harvest nears, the white sugarcane aphid continues its residency in much of the Mid-South’s grain sorghum.

“This pest jumps out pretty quickly,” said Nick Seiter, University of Arkansas entomologist. “It can hit high numbers very quickly. There have been a lot of acres sprayed for it. At least half the crop has been sprayed or should have been. It’s become a major concern for milo throughout the state.”

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Sugarcane aphid at record numbers in Texas this year

Dr. Raul Villanueva, an AgriLife Extension entomologist, and Danielle Sekula-Ortiz, an AgriLife Extension integrated pest management agent, say that in recent weeks they have documented explosive populations of sugarcane aphids at levels never seen here before.

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Pollinator issues subject of presentation at Beltwide

In Delta Farm Press

Declines in honey bee populations continue to attract attention in the national media and in environmental activist circles. Activists and some beekeepers have been asking that pesticide registrations be withdrawn because of claims the chemicals are impacting bees negatively.

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Bees next battleground for ag pesticides

From Southeast Farm Press

The next big battle — which could have a major impact on agricultural pesticides — is already under way.

It involves a tiny crop pollinating insect, the honeybee, and to a lesser extent its larger cousin, the bumblebee.

It could have a significant impact on pesticides available to agriculture and how those materials are used, including a potential requirement that pesticides be applied only at night when there is no bee activity.

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