CLEMSON — An old friend is returning to South Carolina to help agricultural producers in their fight against insects and nematodes.

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Cotton, peanut and soybean producers in South Carolina will soon have aldicarb to use in their fight against insects and nematodes.
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The chemical aldicarb is coming back as AgLogic 15G. It will be available for use on cotton, peanuts and soybeans grown in South Carolina. On Thursday, Stephen Cole, director of the Clemson University Division of Regulatory Services, said he anticipates it will be ready for producers to use in Spring 2017.

“The chemical has been approved and will be available soon,” Cole said. “I hope this has a positive impact for cotton, peanut and soybean producers in our state.”

Jeremy Greene, entomologist at Clemson’s Edisto Research and Education Center, said the return of aldicarb is “great news” for agricultural producers.

“Growers certainly will be happy to learn about this,” Greene said. “The (U.S.) cotton crop has suffered with declining availability of aldicarb. The return of aldicarb certainly will be welcomed by agricultural producers.”

Aldicarb is a chemical many growers relied on to help with control of early-season insect pests and nematodes. Formerly sold under the trade name Temik, it was canceled by the manufacturer, Bayer CropScience six years ago. Now, it’s making a comeback as AgLogic 15G.

According to Cole, growers interested in using AgLogic 15G must be certified as private applicators. Without this certification, growers cannot legally purchase the product from pesticide dealers. In addition to a Restricted Use Applicator license, anyone who intends to purchase, use or sell AgLogic 15G must complete an online Stewardship Certification Course administered by Ag Logic Chemical LLC.

“This product is classified as restricted by EPA and requires individuals to pass a certification/training program to become a licensed pesticide applicator for their respective state,” Cole said.

AgLogic 15G is a product of Ag Logic Chemical LLC in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. It is registered for control of nematodes, thrips, aphids, mites, whiteflies and plant bugs, as well as other chewing and sucking pests, said Antoine Puech, president and chief executive officer of Ag Logic Chemical.

Growers can learn more about the return of aldicarb from Pueche during the Row Crop Field Day scheduled for Aug. 11 at the Edisto Research and Education Center, 64 Research Road, Blackville. AgLogic Chemical is producer of AgLogic 15G. Pueche will talk about AgLogic 15G after lunch, from 1 to 1:30 p.m. in the auditorium.

Cotton, peanuts and soybeans are important crops in South Carolina. According to the Census of Agriculture by the United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service, more than 300,000 acres of cotton were grown in the state in 2012. This was almost double the amount of acres grown in 2007. The census also shows almost 115,000 acres of soybeans were grown in South Carolina in 2012 and about 107,000 acres of peanuts were grown in the state.

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