The world of pesticides is continually evolving; however, many basic principles of pesticide use for commercial and noncommercial applicators remain the same. It is vital to become familiar with how a product should be properly applied by reading and following its label. Listed here are some basic steps and a number of Nebraska Extension resources for further information. An article from the Proceedings of the 2018 Nebraska Extension Crop Production Clinics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.