By Gus Lorenz, Extension Entomologist
Good news! Arkansas has been granted a Section 18 for the use of Transform (sulfoxaflor) for control of tarnished plant bug in cotton. Some of the major points in the Section 18:
- Transform can be applied by ground or air at a rate of 1.5-2.75 oz of product per acre
- A maximum of 4 applications per acre per year, not to exceed 8.5 oz of product per acre per year
- 14 day pre-harvest interval and retreatments are prohibited within 5 days of application
- Advisory Pollinator Statement: “Notifying known beekeepers within 1 mile of the treatment area 48 hr before the product is applied will allow them to take additional steps to protect bees. If known apiaries are within one mile of cotton fields intended for treatment applications should be made within three hours of sunset during the flowering period. Prior to use of Transform WG, growers and beekeepers hosted on their farm are advised to implement cooperative standards outlined in the Arkansas Pollinator Stewardship Program.
A copy of the 18 and necessary forms can be found here and on the Arkansas State Plant Board website. Reports must be submitted within 10 days of application. Always follow the label.