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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

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Research Project: Field Testing of Minor Use Pesticides

Location: Temperate Tree Fruit and Vegetable Research

2013 Annual Report

1a. Objectives (from AD-416):
Provide efficacy, phytotoxicity and yield data and residue samples for analyses to support the registration or re-registration of minor use pesticides for the control or modification of behavior of pests through Interregional Project No. 4. Proposed research is relevant to the NP304 Action Plan, Component 2 - Protection of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops; Problem Statement 2b, Control. Relevance to Action Plan:

1b. Approach (from AD-416):
Determine needs for minor use pesticides by consulting producers, processors, fieldmen, or their associations. Select pesticides for testing based on needs, efficacy, economics, and safety to the crop and its environment. Conduct studies on candidate pesticides in the field, nursery or greenhouse to obtain efficacy, phytotoxicity and yield data, and residue samples for analyses in accordance with protocols, standard operating procedures, and good laboratory practices.

3. Progress Report:
In FY 2013, 11 Good Laboratory Practices food use trials, 4 efficacy crop safety trials, and 9 ornamental of pesticides were completed. In support of petitions submitted by Inter-Regional Project Number 4 to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the registration of pesticides on minor crops, in FY 2013, 15 Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) food use trials and 13 nonfood use trials were completed. All assigned projects were completed and we await the assignment of additional projects in 2014.

4. Accomplishments
1. Minor Use Pesticide Registration on Crops. This research is done in support of petitions by the Inter-Regional Project Number 4 (IR-4) program to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the registration of pesticides on Minor Crops and Ornamentals. IR-4 research at the Yakima Agricultural Research Laboratory in Wapato, Washington, includes 85 Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) food use trials on vegetable crops, 17 trials on tree fruit, and 6 on forage crops. Two hundred and seventy-five non-GLP trials were conducted on ornamentals. This program ensures the safety of pesticide used on minor crops and ornamentals for growers and consumers across the United States.

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