Clyde Ogg - Pesticide Safety Extension Educator

Spraying a field
Figure 1. Thoroughly cleaning a sprayer after pesticide application is necessary to avoid potential off-target contamination. Just one drop of dicamba can cause visible injury to three acres of crops.

Think Your Sprayer's Clean? Think Again June 6, 2018

A 120-foot sprayer can have as many as 96 nozzles and screens and stow away as much as 15 gallons of pesticide residue in its nooks and crannies after an application is done. Consider these tips for thoroughly cleaning your sprayer to avoid off-target contamination.

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Screen capture from AEZ video

Know Your AEZ and Stop Spraying When Someone is In It April 25, 2018

EPA's new Application Exclusion Zone requirement was designed to protect people from pesticides being applied either on the ground or aerially, either alone or with another product such as fertilizer. This story and video show how to meet the requirement.

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Body Exposure Points and Personal Protective Equipment

Proper PPE Prevents Pesticide Exposure April 25, 2018

Besides using common sense, perhaps an applicator’s most important protection is wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). Here's an illustrated guide as to what to wear and exposure risk for various body areas.

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2018 map of agricultural pesticide container recylcing sites
2018 map of agricultural pesticide container recylcing sites

Why and Where to Recycle Your Ag Pesticide Containers April 18, 2018

After applying ag chemicals to your field, rinse and recycle the plastic containers at one of 18 sites across the state. This is the 27th year for the Nebraska program, which in 2017 collected 89,000 pounds of containers.

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Lucas Burch wears gloves and safety glasses while triple rinsing a pesticide container.

How-to's for Prepping Pesticide Containers for Recycling April 18, 2018

Properly rinsing and recycling pesticide containers saves money, protects you and the environment, and meets federal and state regulations for pesticide use. Here's how to safely prep your containers for recycling.

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Facilal respirators used during pesticide application
Figure 1. Respirators provide protection only if they are in good condition, appropriate for the work, and fit the subject. The fit test determines whether the respirator can provide protection. Remember to read and understand the label before using any pesticide.

Have You Read Your Pesticide Labels Lately? April 3, 2018

As you ready your field equipment for the coming crop season, are you including a respirator as part of your personal protective equipment? Certain pesticides, such as formulations of Engenia® and Lorsban™, require a NIOSH-approved respirator to mix, load, handle, and apply.

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Q&A: How Often do I Need to Record Dicamba Sprayer Cleanout? February 26, 2018

New RUP dicamba Q&A: Since I must record how and when the spray system cleanout was done, how should I do this when using the same RUP dicamba product on Xtend soybeans for multiple loads and/or over several days?

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Row crop pesticide applicator

PSEP — A Common Foundation for Many Pest Management Professionals February 8, 2018

Nebraska Extension's Pesticide Safety Education Program is expected to recertify more than 6,500 private, commercial, and noncommercial applicators in 2018. Annually it conducts more than 200 initial and recertification educational programs across the state.

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