2012 Annual Report
1a.Objectives (from AD-416):
1. Conduct field research in tomato and strawberry production systems to evaluate emerging issues such as reduced rates under totally impermeable film (TIF), plant-back concerns, tomato grafting, and non-fumigant based methods to manage soilborne pests.
2. To develop, adopt or use training materials to conduct extension and training programs based on outcomes of the Area-Wide programs and in accordance with the new fumigation regulations emerging.
3. To conduct economic analysis on assimilated data emerging from Area-Wide field demonstration trials and assess the economic impacts of new fumigation regulations.
1b.Approach (from AD-416):
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.
This research related to inhouse objective: 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.
A number of grower field days were conducted in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia to observe the performance of methyl bromide alternatives in the field. Presentations were made at industry and commodity workshops and trade shows to inform growers on the efficacy of methyl bromide alternatives.