Industry watchers say that after a lull in new product registrations several insecticides should be rolling into the market in Arizona and California in the next couple of years, providing new options and improvements to existing chemistries for controlling worms and other pests.

“This time next year there will probably be several new products and there are several others stacked in the pipeline for the next two to three years,” said Palumbo.

He said additional products should provide enhanced activity to existing chemistry as well as new classes of chemistry to enhance resistance management programs.

“In terms of development, there’s a lot going on right now. When we get them depends on the regulatory environment,” he said. “Everything I’ve been able to evaluate shows we’re going to be going through a flush of activity with new products in the next two to three years in Arizona. And several of these products are going through concurrent reviews now at CalEPA so once they get federal tolerances they will be available for California as well.”

The Yuma Ag Center has been evaluating many of these products in early development for control of thrips, aphids whiteflies and Lepidoptera pests. In California, Bill Hume, area sales manager for DuPont, said DuPont development teams are currently working on novel chemistry for control of leafminer as well.

Palumbo said that after a flood of new products in the late 1990s there has been a lull the last five years in the introduction of new products and chemistries.

“All of a sudden there’s a whole flush of new chemistries under development in the pipeline,” he said.