About Crop Profiles

FQPA instructs USDA and EPA to obtain pesticide use and usage data on the major and minor crops. Of particular importance at this time are use and usage data for the organophosphates, carbamates, and possible carcinogens. These classes of pesticides have been identified as top priority at EPA for the tolerance reassessment process. These same pesticides are also vital in the production of many of our crops.

Because some of these uses may be cancelled, it is important to identify where we stand now, where we need to be in the future, and what research efforts are needed to get us there. In order to better understand where future research efforts should lead, it is necessary first to identify areas of critical need (i.e., those crops that have few if any alternative control measures available).

To help USDA and EPA obtain this type of information,Crop Profiles are being developed. It is the intent that profiles provide the complete production story for a commodity and a look at current research activities directed at finding replacement strategies for the pesticides of concern. Crop Profiles include typical use information (not simply what pesticide labels state) and have a common format for ease of use.

This site is part of the effort by the USDA Pest Management Centers to provide information critical to pest management needs in the United States.

Problems or corrections can be addressed to cipm@ncsu.edu, the NSF Center for Integrated Pest Management. 

Please be aware that Crop Profiles are "snapshots" of practices at the time of their preparation. They may become out-of date fairly quickly. For current practices, please contact the state IPM Coordinator

Crop Profiles are now in pdf format. If you have an old version of the Adobe Reader, you may need to upgrade to Adobe Reader 8.1 to see the Crop Profiles. The Reader is free and can be downloaded from Adobe.