Idaho Agricultural Program to Clear Pest Control Agents for Minor Uses
Traditionally, Idaho producers have played a major role in the production of specialty crops. Idaho is among the top 10 production states for specialty crops. According to 2009 statistics, Idaho producers are first in the nation in potato production and Austrian winter peas; second in the production of sugarbeets, wrinkled seed peas, lentils, barley, and alfalfa seed; and third in the production of dry edible peas, mint, hops and summer storage onions. Idaho growers also are in the top 10 production states for apples, sweet cherries, prunes and plums, various seed crops and processing sweet corn. Since most specialty crop pesticide registrations or minor uses on major crops are usually not economical for the manufacturer to defend with additional data, one method that chemical registrants can use to reduce their risk is to eliminate certain
crops from pesticide labels. In Idaho and many western states, most specialty crops only have one or two choices for pest control options. The loss of one or both pesticide tools could result in crop devastation. Production costs will increase due to changes in agronomic practices. Other impacts could be the loss of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) tools. Pest resistance could develop due to the heavy use of one type of pesticide. This disruption in production could also have impacts to society in the lack of affordable,diversified and nutritious foods, especially fresh fruits and vegetables, so important to a healthy diet. The Idaho project will generate data for five new pesticide registration for minor crops as well as supporting new Section 18 registrations. This will result in increased productivity and cash value of Idaho minor crops.