Location: Subtropical Plant Pathology Research
Project Number: 0500-00044-031-04
Start Date: May 01, 2011
End Date: Sep 30, 2013
Large scale grower demonstration trials on strawberry and tomato will be conducted in several locations to further facilitate adoption of methyl bromide alternatives. Both fumigant and non-fumigant alternatives will be evaluated. Each of the demonstration field trials will be used host to field days prior to harvest to showcase the treatments and share fumigation options and information with growers in the regions. Training modules for grower and applicator compliance with the newly issued USEPA Fumigant Re-registration Eligibility Decision being currently under development in Florida will be adapted for use by growers, applicators and state regulators in South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. Additional training materials will be developed as needed and deployed at local and regional stakeholder workshops and extension meetings. Data generated from Area-Wide funded large scale on-farm research trials will be standardized and then analyzed in an economic analysis to provide economic decision tools for growers/stakeholders. Work will be initiated to develop the mechanisms needed for providing an economic analysis on the new fumigation regulations as they impact growers in the southeast.