Bayer CropScience will stop manufacturing Temik insecticide in 2014, will stop sales in 2016 and farmers must stop using the soil-applied insecticide by 2018, leaving cotton and peanut farmers at a loss on how to manage nematodes and early-season insects.

“This means pressure on scientists to see how to manage better while industry improves seed treatments or comes up with alternatives,” says Megha Parajulee, Texas AgriLife entomologist at the Lubbock Research and Extension Center.

Terry wheeler, Texas AgriLife research plant pathologist at the Research and Extension Center says nematode control without Temik will be reduced by half.

“I don’t see any new chemistry coming to replace Temik,” Wheeler said. “We’ll probably lose more products. We will have to learn to do with less control.”