Crop Briefs

Crop Briefs were prepared by Dr. Dudley Smith, Texas Agricultural Experiment Station and Dr. Juan Anisco, Texas AgriLife Extension Service
  • corn earCrop protection chemicals are essential for Texas food and fiber producers. Growers have a positive record using scouting, non-chemical measures, and judicious applications.
  • For decades, herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides have been regulated to assure safety. However chemistry, environmental constraints, and public expectations have created new demands.
  • In the 1996 Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA), Congress mandated EPA to establish new standards and then review all currently labeled pesticides, with emphasis on a “worst first” list of chemicals.
  • Texas Extension and research workers continue to work to assure a Texas presence in the process. Both USDA and US EPA have appreciated the quality and objective nature of these efforts.
  • Crop Briefs” were prepared on several vegetable and field crops to highlight the pests and chemicals that are particularly important in Texas. So far, briefs were prepared on:
Cantaloupe Corn Onion Rice
Carrots Cotton Peanuts Sugarcane
Citrus Grain Sorghum Pumpkin Watermelon
  • The chemicals highlighted in the “Crop Briefs” will be reviewed by EPA. These summaries are based on facts from grower surveys, discussions with industry leaders, expert knowledge from research and Extension workers, reviews of federal documents, and other information sources.
  • Several Texas grower groups supported the Crop Briefs effort. No other state has condensed the volumes of technical details into 2-page documents for a practical understanding of the chemicals at risk.
  • Industry groups and leaders may need to discuss the impacts of losing critical chemicals. Communication with others may help assure that they understand the consequences of chemical withdrawals, changes in costs, and the lack of alternative controls.

Crop Briefs is an information series developed by Texas A&M AgriLife of the Texas A&M University System on critical pest problems and pesticide needs for Texas agriculture. This effort is supported by the Texas Vegetable Association, and other commodity groups. Dr. Dudley Smith, Texas Agricultural Experiment Station and Dr. Juan Anciso, Texas AgriLife Extension Service prepared these reports August 2000 using information from numerous sources. Departmental Report SCS-2000-01.The information given herein is for educational programs only. Reference to commercial products or trade names is made with the understanding no discrimination is intended and no endorsement by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station is implied.

Educational programs conducted by Texas A&M AgriLife, Texas A&M University, Texas Agricultural Experiment Station, and the Texas AgriLife Extension Service serve people of all ages regardless of socioeconomic level race, color, sex, religion, handicap or national origin.

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