Research Priorities

  • Evaluate insect management tools alternatives to organophosphates and carbamates (especially those products which are subject to restriction or loss due to FQPA and other regulations – e.g., acephate, diazinon, carbamates)
  • Study the biology and management of soil pests
  • Study management of Sclerotinia (airborne and soil borne)
  • Evaluate new celery varieties for resistance to insects and diseases
  • Evaluate biofumigants as tools for pest control in celery
  • Develop resistance management strategies for all pest categories
  • Continue weed control research to find complimentary or replacement products for Lorox/linuron
  • and Caparol/prometryn
  • Evaluate the secondary effect of loss of methyl bromide as a tool used in rotational crops on celery production areas

Regulatory Priorities

  • Registrants should insure that air and chemigation labels are a part of all new product registrations
  • Address REI issues/concerns for products used in late season (e.g. aphicides)
  • Multiple products should be allowed under 24(c) and Section 18’s for resistance management
  • Expedite registration of Dual Magnum/S-metolachlor for control of nutsedge

Educational Priorities

  • Educate regulators, legislators, and policy makers on need for more than one product for a
  • particular pest for effective resistance management
  • Educate regulators on what a suitable replacement product is and what constitutes commercially
  • acceptable levels of control
  • Educate growers, PCAs, agencies and the urban community on the relationship of waterway
  • management to weed and insect pests
  • Educate the urban population about agricultural practices necessary for celery production
  • Educate the public on the nutritional values of California grown celery and the high level of food safety and quality standards established for this commodity