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Benefits of Temik in Cotton: A Historical Review

William P. Scott


The active ingredient of Temik pesticide, 2-methyl-2-(methylthio) propionaldehyde 0-(methylcarbamoyl) oxime, was discovered by Union Carbide in 1962. The molecule designated as UC-21149, showed outstanding systemic activity against insects and mites and excellent nematicidial properties. In 1967, the name “TemikR” was registered as a trademark for all granular formulations of UC-21149; aldicarb was accepted as the common chemical name for the active ingredient in 1968.

Scientific evaluation and commercial experience indicate that Temik has a minimal impact on beneficial predators and parasitoids. By conserving the existing natural enemy complex in cotton, Temik can be a valuable component of integrated pest management. In 2004, producers planted a high percentage of their acreage to transgenic cotton but still rely on chemical pesticides to control early season pests to produce a profitable crop. There are alternatives to Temik such as: (1) seed treatments, (2) other soil applied granular systemic insecticide, (3) soil applied sprays and (4) foliar sprays.

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