The mission of IR-4, more formally know as Interregional Research Project #4, is to facilitate the registration of sustainable pest management technology for specialty crops and minor uses. Since all horticultural uses are minor in the big picture of pest management, IR-4 is instrumental in expanding labels to include ornamentals, fruits and vegetables.
The IR-4 team recently opened a Grower & Extension survey to help them focus their
research efforts on diseases, insects, and weeds. They will target those
diseases, insects, and weeds that impact crop production but do not have
enough, or any, good tools. The information garnered between now and
next August will be used at a workshop next fall to set research
priorities for 2012 & 2013.
You can complete the survey on line at
The survey only takes a few minutes–about 7 for me–and could help you solve your most difficult pest management problems.