The big news at a recent Virginia field day was some information that Ames Herbert, state IPM leader, shared about a North Carolina company’s efforts to bring a Temik-like product to the market in 2012.

Ag Logic, a subsidiary of Maximum Economic Yield (MEY), has applied to the EPA for label clearance and expects the final answer by Oct. 23. The product will not be Temik, it will be an aldicarb compound that is very similar to Temik.

Rumored trade names for the new product include Mimik, because it would be very similar or mimic Temik and Nemik, because of its nematicidal activity that will be similar to that of Temik.

According to Antoine Puech, president and CEO of MEY, the company is highly optimistic the EPA will grant a label to Ag Logic. The drop dead date appears to be Oct. 23, 2011. If the company gets the label, they will have it for as long as they choose to manufacture and sell the product.

“We have had a tremendous response from farmers, grower associations, and the overall farm industry in our efforts to get a label for aldicarb for the 2012 season.

“Temik has been an outstanding product for nearly 40 years and it is clear from our surveys that virtually all farmers want a product with the same characteristics in the marketplace,” Peuch says.

If the EPA denies the company a Federal label, the deal is off and growers will have to continue to look for replacement products to manage early season diseases and nematodes.

Regardless of how the EPA rules, there is a clear answer to the question of whether Temik is coming back to the marketplace. That answer is no!

Bayer CropScience has made it clear the company is working with the EPA and plans to move forward with its plans to first cancel use of Temik on potatoes and citrus. This will be followed by a gradual phase out of the product on all crops in all U.S. markets by 2014.

According to the agreement with the EPA, farmers may continue to use existing stocks of Temik on citrus and potatoes until Dec. 31, 2011, allowing inventories to clear the channel of trade.