Expanding Spider Mite Controls for Specialty Crops

IR-4 Project trial studies show cyflumetofen is an effective spider mite control on a variety of specialty crops. By David Kuack Spider mites can be a major pest on specialty crops including tomatoes, cucurbits, and strawberries. They can be a particularly difficult pest to control in southern states that produce food crops year-round. “Mites on […]

Food Use & IS Workshop Results 2020

Dear Friends, We are pleased to share with you the results of the 2020 IR-4 Priority Setting Workshop. The workshop was held in a virtual format from Monday, September 14 to Thursday, September 17. During the four-day workshop, the 200 plus participants established IR-4’s research priorities for residue studies (40), product performance research (9) and […]

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 […]

Food Use & IS Project Nominations 2020

Dear Friends, The on-line project nomination process to assist IR-4 and its specialty crop stakeholders prioritize the 2021 IR-4 research plan under the Food Use Program (residue studies and product performance research) and Integrated Solutions (residue mitigation, organic, PPWS or resistance research) is available Aug 21 thru Sept 3, 2020. Only projects given at least […]

IR-4 Wishes Tammy Barkalow a Fond Farewell

Dear Friends, After over 27 years, Tammy (White) Barkalow is retiring as QA Manager for The IR-4 Project! Friday, July 31, 2020 will be the last “work” day for Tammy. Over the next month, she will be utilizing accumulated leave time and formally retiring on September 1. Tammy was hired as the IR-4 Project’s first [...]

Food Program Virtual Workshop 2020

Dear Friends, IR-4 is getting closer to our first ever Virtual Workshop, September 14-17, 2020 with the Registrant Product Presentations on July 29, 2020. The planned schedule is as follows: Times Wednesday 7/29/2020 Monday 9/14/2020 Tuesday 9/15/2020 Wednesday 9/16/2020 Thursday 9/17/2020 11 am – 4 pm ET 8 am – 1 pm PT Registrant Product […]

IR-4 hosts Lunch & Learn with Senate Agriculture Committee

Author – Katie Chriest Until recently, many of us never imagined that foods we know and love might be missing from our grocery store shelves. We’ve taken for granted that the watermelons, tomatoes and avocados we depend upon will be there—perfectly shaped, blemish-free and abundantly stocked. Until recently, many of us never imagined that foods […]

Hawaii IR-4 Field Research Center

Exploring some IR-4 Tropical Similarities… After attending the 2020 IR-4 National Education Conference (NEC) during last week of February held in San Diego CA, the IR-4 team from University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez (UPRM), Dr. Wilfredo Robles and Luis E. Almodóvar traveled to Honolulu, Hawaii. The reason for this trip was to observe and compare […]