Mother Nature and the economy have conspired to reduce supplies of Telone II soil fumigant and Telone C-17 soil fungicide and nematicide for the 2009 season.

Officials with Indianapolis-based Dow AgroSciences, the products' manufacturer, say they hope to increase production to meet the 2010 market, according to a news release.

“We are dedicated to the soil fumigation business and servicing our customers,” says Dennis Lane, marketing specialist for Dow AgroSciences.

They blame what they call a temporary supply restriction on a hurricane facility upgrades and the worldwide economic downturn.

Telone is part of a co-manufacturing process with an epoxy intermediate. The demand for epoxy, a key component in many housing and automobile industry products, is significantly lower due to the downturn of the global economy. That, in turn, has reduced the production of materials needed to produce Telone.

In addition, Hurricane Ike, which hit the Texas gulf coast in September 2008, caused power outages and forced Dow Chemical Co. to shut down the manufacturing facility for several weeks.

In addition, Dow upgraded equipment at the facility late last year, forcing the facility to once again shut down.