2016/2017 IR-4 Ornamental Horticulture Program Survey

Closing date September 1, 2017.

Thank you for your participation in this survey.

The IR-4 Project’s Ornamental Horticulture Program helps provide safe and effective pest management solutions for greenhouse, nursery, landscape, Christmas tree and forestry producers. We work with growers, researchers, registrants and regulatory agencies to facilitate new product registrations. We also work to place new diseases, insects, and weeds as well as new crops on already registered ornamental horticulture product labels. Every other year, we prioritize the next two-year research plan at our Ornamental Horticulture Workshop. We invite you to help us focus our research prioritization by answering a few questions about the diseases, insects, and weeds which impact your business.

1. Please check one affiliation

Grower (Greenhouse and/or Nursery)
Landscape Care Professional
University or USDA-ARS Researcher
Cooperative Extension
  Federal, State or Local Government
Allied Industry Member

2. Please check all types of operations and pest management strategies relevant to your business:
Greenhouse Biological Control
Nursery - Container Chemical Control
Nursery - Field Grown IPM
Landscape Organic
Interiorscape Standard Weekly/Monthly Program
Christmas Tree Farm Spray Program based on Thresholds
Sod Farm  

3. Please check all plant materials relevant to your business:
Bedding Plants Perennials Shrubs
Cut Flowers Ornamental Grasses Trees
Christmas Trees Palms Turf
Foliage Plants Seasonal Potted Plants (i.e. Poinsettias)  

4. Consider the plant materials you grow or maintain. Then consider situations over the last year where you had difficulty managing diseases, pests, or weeds. For all three areas, list the top three situations where your product arsenal was limited. Be as specific as possible; for example, “Japanese beetle on rose” or “Rhizoctonia wilt on impatiens seedlings”. Then put a ‘√’ or ‘X’ for each type of plant material where this issue occurs in your operation:

Type of Plant Materials
Bedding Plants
Cut Flowers
Christmas Trees
Foliage Plants
Herbaceous Perennials
Ornamental Grasses
Seasonal Potted Plants
Diseases (including bacteria, fungi, nematodes)
with few to no available tools
Insects and/or mites with few to no available tools                      
Weeds with few to no available tools                      

5. Think about specific crops you grow. Which three crops need more pesticide crop safety (phytotoxicity) information?:

6. Please comment about other needs not covered above:

7. Please choose one of the following:
I need crop safety (phytotoxicity) data more than efficacy data
I need efficacy data more than crop safety data
I need crop safety data and efficacy data equally

8. Protecting beneficial organisms including pollinators is a key crop production strategy. Please check all methods below that you currently use:
Apply crop protection tools when beneficial organisms are not present
Grow crops without pollinator attractive flowers
Apply only biopesticides
Scout for pests and disease hot spots and apply to only those areas
Apply best tool possible for crop situation knowing that some beneficial organisms may be harmed
Apply foliar tools when they offer greater safety than systemic tools
Grow flowering plants in greenhouses
Apply biorational tools
Use products without pollinator toxicity
Apply the optimal rate to manage pests or diseases without harming pollinators and other beneficial organisms
Apply systemic tools when they offer greater safety than foliar tools

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10. (OPTIONAL) Please fill our your name and address below:
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