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Research Project: Pesticide Trials in Vegetable and Ornamental Crops to Support the Ir-4 Program

Location: Vegetable Research

2011 Annual Report


1a.Objectives (from AD-416)
To obtain efficacy and residual data of insecticides, miticides, herbicides and fungicides on vegetable crops and ornamentals against insects and mites.


1b.Approach (from AD-416)
Field evaluations of insecticides, miticides, fungicides, and herbicides will be conducted on vegetable and ornamental crops. Research will be conducted according to IR-4 protocols and good laboratory practices. No specific treatments can be mentioned ahead of time because program needs change depending on industry requests. Residue samples will be assayed by appropriate federal, state, or private laboratories.


3.Progress Report
Field data were collected in cooperation with the IR-4 Project (national minor use pesticide program) and cooperating crop protection industries. Residue and performance trials with insecticides, herbicides and fungicides were completed for 15 vegetable studies, and fungicide and herbicide performance trials were completed for 12 ornamental studies. Crop samples were provided to cooperators for pesticide residue analyses, and completed field data books were provided to the IR-4 program headquarters. This work supports registration of needed pest control compounds on specialty crops, and the pesticides will ultimately be available for use by growers.


4.Accomplishments
1. Research supported the registration of pesticides on vegetable and ornamental crops. Because of limited pest control options for growers, research was conducted to support the registration of pesticides on vegetable and ornamental crops. ARS researchers collected data at Charleston, SC (USDA, ARS, U.S. Vegetable Laboratory) in cooperation with the IR-4 Project (national minor use pesticide program headquartered at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey) and cooperating crop protection industries. Trials with insecticides, herbicides and fungicides were completed for 15 vegetable studies (10 residue trials on basil, carrots, chives, lima bean, mustard, okra, radish, squash and tomato; and 4 performance trials on basil, eggplant, onion and turnip). Also, fungicide and herbicide performance trials were completed for 12 ornamental studies. This work supports the registration of needed pest control compounds on specialty crops, and the pesticides will ultimately be available for use by growers.


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