NJINPAS - Crop Profiles
One of the specific objectives of NJinPAS is to compile and analyze raw pesticide user survey data resulting from New Jersey private pesticide applicator surveys. The raw data itself is unpublished for grower confidentiality. However, we analyze and summarize the results in the preparation of the crop profiles and pest management strategic plans (PMSPs) for use by government agencies making regulatory decisions. Crop profiles are one of the ways that this analysis is documented for national, regional, and local distribution. NJinPAS specifically assesses use data to forecast impacts of changes in pesticide regulations on agricultural productivity in New Jersey.
Specifically, Crop Profiles are one of the key ways this information is shared with New Jersey stakeholders, other mid-Atlantic states, the NEIPM Center, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). See the national guidelines (as revised by Burr) for an outline of the key elements to be addressed in a crop profile. The 'Rutgers Cooperative Extension 'Technical Review Form for New Jersey Crop Profiles' also specifies the key elements of a crop profile.
Most New Jersey crop profiles were completed using datasets from New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) 1997 and 2000 agricultural pesticide use surveys. Since these surveys are required by law, as opposed to being voluntary, the data is more like a census.
Several crop profiles were prepared using the 1997 NJDEP data. They were then revised with the 2000 data after it was avaialble. Both 1997 and 2000 crop profiles are postecd below. Most later crop profiles and PMSPs were prepared using the more recently released data from 2003.
Certain key New Jersey crops [arugula (baby and other); basil; and leeks] did not have NJDEP pesticide use data. In these cases, we conducted statewide surveys of pest management and production practices. These 'Summaries' are appended to the crop profiles themselves.
Crop profiles completed for New Jersey commodities are listed below are distinguished by date of data; the date they were published (when known) follows in parenthesis.
- alfalfa 1997 data (10/04/00)
- alfalfa 2000 data (profile published 11/21/03)
- apples 2001 data (posted 5/28/02)
- arugula (baby and other; profile published 1/1/08; includes SURVEY OF NEW JERSEY GROWERS OF ARUGULA: 2006 - 2007)
- asparagus 1997 data (10/04/00)
- asparagus 2000 data (profile published 11/25/03)
- basil (prepared 2008; includes SURVEY OF NEW JERSEY GROWERS OF BASIL: 2008)
- bell pepper 2000 data (posted 5/16/05)
- blueberry (draft* using 1997 data)
- carrot 2002 data (posted 2/25/03)
- cranberry 1997 data
- cranberry 2000 data (published 12/02/03)
- cucumber (profile posted 4/27/07)
- eggplant 2000 data (published 1/30/04)
- field corn (posted 2/24/03)
- honeybees (published 11/15/04)
- kale (published 6/5/06)
- peaches 1998 data
- peaches 2002 data (profile published 9/29/03)
- pumpkin (profile posted 4/9/07)
- spinach 1997 data (10/01/01)
- spinach 2000 data (profile published 11/21/03)
- squash 1998 data (published 8/00) and
- squash 2002 data (profile published 11/21/03)
- sweet potato (profile posted 5/26/05)
- tomatoes (profile published 12/01/07)
Crop profiles prepared throughout the United States are retrievable from a searchable online national crop profile database.
See the article 'Benefits of Pest Management Strategic Plans and Crop Profiles' by O. Norman Nesheim & Russell F. Mizell, III of the Southern Region Pest Management Center for a more detailed explanation of crop profiles. The USDA Cooperative State Research, Education, and Education Service Fact Sheet 'USDA Crop Profiles Provide Critical Data on Pest Management' also details their utility.
*Revision of a draft Crop profile for blueberry using 2000 data is pending (preparation of this crop profile was not under the NEIPMC grant monies).
This site is supported, in part, with funding from the Northeastern IPM Center.