The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently issued long-term approval for the insecticide sulfoxaflor. The approval followed an extensive risk analysis, including review of one of the agency’s largest datasets on the effects of a pesticide on bees. The EPA is approving the use of sulfoxaflor on alfalfa, corn, millet, oats, sorghum, cucurbits, soybeans, strawberries and other crops.
The agency said it ensures reduced risk to pollinators and the environment through crop-specific label restrictions. The insecticide provides farmers a critical pest-management tool needed to protect crops from invasive sugarcane aphids, lygus and several other insects, the EPA stated.
Sulfoxaflor often requires fewer applications, resulting in less risk to aquatic and terrestrial wildlife. EPA’s registration includes updated requirements for product labels, which will include crop-specific restrictions and pollinator-protection language.
Visit www.epa.gov and search for "sulfoxaflor" for more information.