SCFB Vegetable Advisory Committee membership is asked for research priorities in their areas of fruit, vegetable, and specialty crop production each year. The committee looks at these suggestions and discusses their merit along with other topical issues and projects that are needed and apparent. Cooperation between both the SCFB Committee and the SCDA Fruit Vegetable and Specialty Crops Association is an important part in our arriving at these results.
We will adapt this list annually as the needs of the industry in South Carolina change. Currently the items listed below are considered research priorities by our committee. No order of importance is intended.
1. Management of the bacterial leaf spot complex on leafy brassica greens for fresh market.
2. Pre- and post-emergent materials for weed control in lima beans.
3. Diamondback moth management in both fresh-market and processing leafy brassica greens.
4. Management of Phytophthora capsici crown and fruit rot on both pepper and cucurbits.
5. Weed management systems research for small, mixed-vegetable farms.
6. Grasshopper management in leafy greens for the processing industry.