See five tips for growers for using crop protection products safely this growing season from GrowingMatters.org.
Growing Matters, according to their website, is “a coalition of organizations and individuals committed to scientific discourse on the stewardship, benefits, and alternatives of neonicotinoid insecticides in North America.” Their aim is to educate growers on the research on the use of such insecticides with a focus on the environmental impacts of use. They shared tips for growers and applicators on using crop protection products safely as part of their BeSure! Campaign. See the tips below.
Using Crop Protection Products Safely
The Growing Matters website maintained that “Regardless of the method of application, following the label directions and using responsible stewardship practices are the best ways to ensure that neonicotinoids will not harm bees or other wildlife, whether you’re using them on crops, turf, ornamentals or trees, on farms or in urban landscapes.”
The tips shared for growers on using crop protection products safely included:
- “Follow directions on the label for appropriate storage, use and disposal practices.”
- “When planting treated seed, use advanced seed flow lubricants that minimize dust.”
- “When planting treated seed, eliminate flowering plants and weeds in and around the field prior to planting. For foliar applications, ensure that sprays are directed away from any flowering plants, follow established buffer zones and calibrate equipment to minimize spray drift.”
- “Before making an application, be aware of any honey bees and hives near the field and communicate with neighboring beekeepers.”
- “Remove and properly dispose of all treated seed. Keep all treated seed out of commodity grain channels.”
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