It’s that time again, and it’s time to start planning for the next crop. As many know, Telone II is not as readily available as it has been in the past, and it can be hard to acquire on short notice. In tobacco production, Telone has been essential in controlling nematodes, and will continue to be in the future along with tolerance varieties. Fortunately, there are more options that are available that could possibly compete with efficacy of Telone.
This is great news for tobacco growers considering there were no options before. Nimitz® (Fluensulfone) is a new product by ADAMA that has shown to reduce nematode severity and populations comparable to Telone. I don’t believe that it can be considered a replacement, but definitely a competitive product that can fit into a grower’s management strategy in absence of Telone. Nimitz® can be applied 7 days before transplanting, which can be beneficial if delayed planting is to occur because of weather or other circumstances. I would encourage growers to use Nimitz® if Telone is not available.