Each spring, cotton growers face a barrage of early season insect and nematode pests. The 2007 crop season was no exception. In fact, increased wheat, corn and soybean acres spiked levels of spider mites, thrips, plant bugs and other early season pests to unprecedented levels in many areas.



Growers with heavy populations of these pests once again saw superior control-and therefore superior return on investment-from using Temik insecticide/nematicide. In more than 90 university trials across multiple years, the average crop value of Temik-treated plots was $30 per acre higher than plots treated with Avicta Complete Pak, based on a 60-cent commodity price, according to Bayer CropScience.



As nematode pressure increases, so can the return on investment for Temik. In fields from these 90 trials that had heavy root-knot nematode pressure, the advantage of using Temik over Avicta increased to $45 per acre.



Chris Kleyla, Temik product manager, said plans to track the results and incremental value of Temik during 2008 are already underway. Providing up-to-date information about products remains a top priority for Bayer CropScience, he said.



"Some growers might be surprised that we continue to extensively test a product that is so well established, but we are committed to providing growers with current, relevant data that helps them with purchase decisions," Kleyla said.



Growers and consultants provided additional insight into the experiences and benefits of Temik in cotton last season.



"For the past nine years, I have seen Temik work for nematodes and controlling red spider mites when they are their worst," said Arkansas consultant Erick Scott. "It also works well for thrips in the early stage. I have seen Temik save growers many dollars later in the year on spider mite applications-I highly recommend it to any cotton producer."



Alabama grower Richard Edgar said Temik brings consistent nematode control year-in, year-out.



"I've had an on-farm nematode trial for 10 years with Auburn Extension," he said, "and 5 lb/A of Temik at-plant plus Temik sidedress has outperformed all other treatments in dry, wet and average years."