Alton N Sparks
Applied research and educational programs focus on vegetable insect management designed specifically for conditions in Georgia. The primary purpose is to provide educational programs and materials to County Extension Agents and producers to improve vegetable production systems to maximize economic returns while maintaining environmental integrity, production sustainability, produce quality and worker safety.
In vegetable insect pest management, we emphasize cultural practices to reduce the potential for pest problems in conjunction with insecticides as needed. Applied research is conducted with research counterparts to evaluate new technology and management programs under local production conditions and to provide the most up-to-date insect pest management options. Although our primary focus is the local producer, cooperative efforts with Georgia Department of Agriculture and other agencies help sustain quality vegetable production in Georgia and surrounding states.