Michigan Carrot Industry Research Priorities

Submitted by:
Michigan Carrot Committee

12800 Escanaba Dr. Suite A
DeWitt, MI 48820
517-669-4250 DeWitt Office
231-873-2740 Hart Office

Contact person / Submitter: John Bakker

Updated 2019

1. Variety screening & development of carrot varieties for processing and fresh markets:

  1. Improved yields & quality characteristics
  2. Improved resistance or tolerance to Aster Leaf Hopper
  3. Improved resistance to foliar diseases. 

This is a long-term priority.

2. Insect, Disease & Nematode control management:

  1. Screen new chemistries and chemical combinations for improved pest control.
  2. Improve monitoring and detection of Aster Leaf Hopper / Aster Yellows infectivity, followed by rapid delivery of that information back to growers.
  3. Improved understanding and control of plant parasitic nematodes

This is a short- and long-term priority.

3. Improved Cultural Practices:

  1. New rotations, cover crops and management practices to improve stands and reduce effects of harmful nematodes and soil-borne diseases
  2. Lower residual N levels in processed carrots while maintaining high yields

This is a short- and long-term priority.

4. Improved Weed Control Strategies:

  1. Develop new chemical, mechanical, and cultural methods of controlling weeds
  2. Screen new herbicides and support registrations of products that will reduce the industry’s dependence on linuron.

This is a long-term priority.