Extension specialists within a five-state region that surrounds Delaware have updated their vegetable production recommendations for the 2009 season.

"Commercial Vegetable Production Recommendations" can be downloaded from the University of Delaware's Web site, http://ag.udel.edu/extension/vegprogram/pdf/DEvegrecs2009.pdf.

Among the noted changes are common names of common insecticide names are now included.

"As I am sure you are aware, chemicals (including pesticides) have scientific names based upon their chemical structure (i.e. the chemical name)," writes Joanne Whalen, University of Delaware Extension integrated pest managmenet specialist, in her grower newsletter. "In many instances, these chemical names are long, complicated and understandable only by those with a technical background in chemistry. Therefore, EPA encouraged the development and use of “common names.”
Rates have been removed since generic products may carry slightly different use rates. Restrictions also have been removed, and growers are urged to refer to product labels, since they are the law, Whalen says.

In addition to the University of Delaware, specialist and researchers from the University of Maryland, Penn State University, Rutgers University, the State University of New Jersey, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, West

Virginia University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture collaborated on the recommendations.