Mon., March 28, 2011 2:49pm (EDT)

Farmers Scramble To Replace Pesticide
By Josephine Bennett
Updated: 3 years ago

MACON, Ga.  —  
Georgia Cotton Field (photo courtesy university of Georgia)
Georgia Cotton Field (photo courtesy university of Georgia)
Georgia agriculture officials say the early shut down of a Georgia pesticide factory early is bad for the state’s largest industry. Others say it’s good to force farmers to innovate.

Bayer Crop Science had planned to keep their Woodbine facility open until 2012. The factory makes Temik used to control pests on cotton and other crops.

The 2012 deadline was part of a deal with the Environmental Protection Agency, which is phasing out the use of the chemical nationwide.

Now farmers are scrambling to find alternatives. Phillip Roberts is a cotton entomologist at University of Georgia.

“We have been losing some of our older products in recent years, but at the same time we have alternative products in most of our crops. In some cases these may prove to even be better technologies.”

More than 80 people work at the company’s facility in Woodbine.