2009 Annual Report
1a.Objectives (from AD-416)
Develop and implement a coordinated regional extension and education program to advance the implementation of alternatives to methyl bromide.
The objectives will be carried out by:
1. Developing a website for the South Atlantic component USDA, ARS Area-Wide Pest Management Project for Methyl Bromide Alternatives that will serve as a direct source of information on alternatives to methyl bromide for growers, industry professionals and the general public.
2. Developing a written document to serve as an information/decision making matrix for the selection and implementation of alternatives to methyl bromide.
3. Coordinating the exchange of information regarding field days, meetings, and professional in-service trainings for county extension faculty.
1b.Approach (from AD-416)
Wide-spread adoption of methyl bromide alternatives in the South Atlantic Area is hindered by the lack of education and training of growers and industry professionals regarding instances where alternatives have been successfully integrated into commercial agricultural production systems. This cooperative project will initiate a coordinated, regional effort to further the adoption of alternatives to methyl bromide in the South Atlantic Area.
The overall goals of the program will be to establish and implement an areawide pest management research and action program for methyl bromide (MB) alternatives which (a) results from a stakeholder partnership and collaboration dedicated to the demonstration and areawide adoption of methyl bromide alternative technologies; (b) demonstrates the positive impacts and advantages of such a program through enhanced grower profits, reduced worker risks, an enhanced environment, and a proven superiority of wide area adoption; and (c) achieves a mature methyl bromide alternatives system so end-users, consultants and other interested parties will be left with an operation program that will meet the overall goals through its wide-scale adoption.
The objective of this cooperative research project is to develop a research data/information based web site designed to provide growers with decision making tools to aid in the transition from methyl bromide to sustainable alternatives. The website will be launched in 2009 with contact information for each state, a calendar of events for extension meetings, and several documents that are being developed detailing products that could be used in a possible methyl bromide alternative system. Information includes the selection of products for the grower’s pest populations, the production system in place, the crop or crops expected to be grown, the season in which the fumigant will be applied, and the location of the farm. Information is also included on fumigant rig adjustments needed for the products, soil conditions necessary for effective production, field preparation procedures, moisture requirements, plant back information.
Progress was monitored through continuous interactions in the form of meetings, site visits, and phone calls.