New Developments in Agrichemicals

William H. McCarty


I was asked to briefly discuss New Developments in Agrichemicals. This subject is truly one that interests all those working in the cotton production industry. The continual development of new agrichemicals for cotton and the refinement of uses of existing materials is essential to the continued profitability of cotton production.

To further this discussion I will do so in light of new products and those with label changes for 1994 or pending labels for 1994.

The climate for development of new chemicals and expanding usage of existing chemicals is dismal at best. There are several reasons for this. First is the fact that new chemical development is extremely expensive and cotton represents a limited market base. Secondly is the fact that restrictions are becoming more stringent each year. The impact of public environmental concerns on registration requirements and associated cost are causing significant changes in the agrichemical industry. Cotton growers may or may not benefit from these changes. Time will tell. We just hope we can survive long enough to find out.

Reprinted from Proceedings of the 1994 Beltwide Cotton Conferences pp. 51 - 52
©National Cotton Council, Memphis TN

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