Parajulee says farmers have options, just none as effective as Temik. He says crop rotation and tillage management –switching to a reduced tillage system—are possibilities for improved thrips control in cotton.

“Tillage systems can have a significant effect on thrips,” he says.

He also says time is on the side of farmers. “We have eight years until farmers can no longer use Temik,” he says. “That gives the industry six to seven years to re-adjust, do more research and identify ways to get the same level of management for thrips.”

He says Texas AgriLife cotton breeders and other researchers are looking for thrips tolerance, improved varieties and better seed treatments. “All those are possibilities.”

In the meantime, he says the system “will have to reset. Our systems change over time.”