Growers will soon be able to purchase AgLogic 15G Aldicarb Pesticide, a product that is essentially the same as Temikin formulation and performance. Since Temik was withdrawn from the market in 2011, growers have struggled to find an effective replacement for nematode and early season pest control.
Ag Logic Chemical, LLC, the registrant of AgLogic 15G Aldicarb Pesticide, is currently manufacturing the product with limited supplies expected to be commercially available in March 2016. AgLogic 15G will only be available for use in the state of Georgia during the 2016 season and sold exclusively through CNI and its network of authorized dealers.
"We have worked very hard to return aldicarb to the market, and that effort has been backed with strong industry support," said Antoine Puech, Ph.D., president and CEO of Ag Logic Chemical in Chapel Hill, N.C. "It's become obvious over the past five years that the loss of Temik has created significant pest control challenges for many growers across a wide range of crops."
AgLogic 15G is registered for control of nematodes, thrips, aphids, mites, whiteflies, plant bugs and other chewing and sucking pests. The product is currently registered on cotton, peanuts, soybeans, drybeans, sugarbeets and sweet potatoes.
The unique selectivity and activity of aldicarb has been an important and well-documented asset in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs for more than 40 years. Based on information presented at the 2011 Beltwide Cotton Conference, the National Cotton Council estimated 2011 production losses totaled $816 million due to the absence of aldicarb that season.
As Temik 15G gradually disappeared from the market over the past five years, researchers and other industry leaders have voiced their concerns about how deeply the loss has impacted growers.
"When aldicarb was available to our cotton and peanut farmers as Temik 15G, it often formed the backbone of their nematode management program," said Bob Kemerait, Ph.D., professor and Extension specialist, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Georgia. "Today, we have a number of options available for nematode management. However, the importance, versatility and efficacy of aldicarb has not been forgotten. Managing nematodes is a challenge and having an aldicarb-based product available to growers provides them with an expanded arsenal of products with which to combat a very important and difficult problem."
Enhanced product stewardship will accompany the introduction of AgLogic 15G. In addition to a Restricted Use Applicator (RUP) license, anyone who intends to purchase, use or sell AgLogic 15G must complete an online Stewardship Certification Course administered by Ag Logic Chemical, LLC.
"Ag Logic is taking this additional proactive step because we are committed to educating qualified users, preventing misuse, and protecting this valuable asset for the future," Puech says. "We believe stewardship and respect for the environment is vitally important at every step of the chain."