The insecticide aldicarb was known for four decades among farmers for its effectiveness against nematodes and early season insects. Nonetheless, tarnished by several high-profile safety incidents, it eventually left the market in 2010, when continued regulatory and legal embattlements caused Bayer to agree to end production of the pesticide – many thought permanently.
But six years later, could aldicarb be mounting a comeback? The chemical is ready for a new limited launch in Georgia.
Ag Logic Chemical has announced its AgLogic 15G Aldicarb Pesticide will be commercially available in Georgia for 2016, sold exclusively through CNI and its network of authorized dealers. The product is registered for control of nematodes, aphids, plant bugs, mites, thrips, whiteflies and other chewing and sucking pests for cotton, peanuts, soybeans, drybeans, sugarbeets and sweet potatoes.
“When aldicarb was available to our cotton and peanut farmers as Temik 15G, it often formed the backbone of their nematode management program,” says Bob Kemerait, Extension specialist with the 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.”
The vast majority of farmers used aldicarb carefully and responsibly. However, the chemical’s deadly reputation merits extreme caution. Ag Logic says its aldicarb will require a Restricted Use Applicator (RUP) license. Additionally, anyone who intends to purchase, use or sell AgLogic 15G must complete an online stewardship certification course from the company.
“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,” according to Antoine Puech, president and CEO of Ag Logic Chemical. “We believe stewardship and respect for the environment is vitally important at every step of the chain.”
In 2011, the National Cotton Council estimated production losses due to aldicarb’s absence was $816 million.