Pesticide Application

An eastern Nebraska field with dicamba injury.
This eastern Nebraska soybean field was injured by off-target dicamba movement to a sensitive crop. Applying best management practices to all dicamba applications can help reduce the likelihood of similar whole-field damage in 2018.

Can We Manage Dicamba Applications in 2018? February 15, 2018

Factors leading to dicamba injury and how growers will need to practice best management practices with all dicamba applications in 2018 to help reduce injury to susceptible crops and other plants. This article discusses key practices to implement.

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Maximum daily temperature and humdity recorded at Harvard in June 2017
Maximum daily temperature and humdity recorded at Harvard in June 2017

Potential Off-Target Dicamba Movement from Corn Applications February 15, 2018

While the new soybean dicamba herbicides were often blamed for injury to sensitive plants in 2017, a deeper look at the timing of injury and the weather conditions at those times suggests dicamba applications in corn may have contributed to plant injury in many areas. Increased management for all dicamba applications will be needed in 2018.

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Applying Pesticides Safely January 8, 2018

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.

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Dicamba Changes for 2018 October 26, 2017

The EPA recently announced label changes that would make dicamba a Restricted Use Pesticide for the 2018 crop year. An ag lawyer looks at what the changes will mean for farmers.

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Documenting Climate Data Relative to Pesticide Injury July 27, 2017

With dicamba injury reports surging during the past few weeks, we want the public to be aware that historical data is available to research whether climatic conditions were a contributing factor.

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Greg Kruger, Nebraska Extension Weed Science and Application Technology Specialist, presenting sprayer nozzle information at a previous event.

New Southeast Nebraska Sprayer Clinic Feb. 8 January 27, 2017

The Southeast Nebraska Corn Growers Association and Nebraska Extension are teaming up to sponsor a new activity for area pesticide spray operators.  A sprayer applicator clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wedneday, Feb. 8 at the 4-H Building in Crete at the Tuxedo Park and Fairgrounds. Doors will open for registration at 9 a.m.

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Revisions to Worker Protection Standard Effective January 2017 January 10, 2017

Agricultural workers and handlers will have increased protection under revisions to the Worker Protection Standards that became effective in January 2017 and additional regulations that will become effective in January 2018.

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Nebraska Extension Specialist Greg Kruger demonstrates how to clean a sprayer to remoove all pesticide residue.
Nebraska Extension Specialist Greg Kruger demonstrates how to clean a sprayer to remoove all pesticide residue

Cleaning Pesticide Application Equipment July 6, 2016

Careless cleanup of pesticide application equipment is a main cause of equipment failure or malfunction. Always clean application equipment immediately after use, as dried pesticides are harder to remove, and at a location where any spilled rinsate won’t contaminate water supplies or other crops. This article offers recommendations for cleaning and storing application equipment and how to stay safe when doing it.

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