Evening the playing field for grape growers

U.S. grape growers gain the use of permethrin insecticide through IR-4-sponsored residual trials. Author – David Kuack The United States is the world’s third largest producer of grapes behind China and Italy. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that utilized grape production totaled 6.8 million tons in 2019. Grapes were produced on an estimated 935,000 […]

Diamondback Moth: The Bane of Brassica Crop Growers

Trying to control the diamondback moth on brassica crops can be a major challenge, especially in those areas where crops are produced year-round. Author – David Kuack Diamondback moth (Plutella xylostella L.) is considered to be the most damaging pest of brassica crops worldwide. Growers of brassica crops, including cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, Brussel sprouts […]

Crop Vignette: Hosta

Plant Information Hosta is a genus of plants commonly known as hostas, plantain lilies and occasionally by the Japanese name giboshi. The genus is currently placed in the family Asparagaceae, subfamily Agavoideae, and is native to northeast Asia (China, Japan, Korea and the Russian Far East). Hostas are widely cultivated as shade-tolerant foliage plants. Hybridization […]

Think Prevention to Control Spider Mites on Peanuts

With a limited number of miticides registered for use on peanuts, the best method to control spider mites is to minimize infestations. By David Kuack In these uncertain times, people look to comfort foods for something that tastes good and makes them feel good. One of these foods is peanut butter, which the HuffPost listed […]

Announcing 2020 Staff Updates

Dear Friends, It has been several months since we last shared an update of the transition of IR-4 Headquarters from Rutgers to NC State. Activities and actions continue to happen. To start, there have been several retirements in the Rutgers office including three Management Team Members. Tammy (White) Barkalow– Since January 1993, IR-4’s national Quality […]