Pesticide Safety

Applying Pesticides Safely January 7, 2019

The world of pesticides is continually evolving. In spite of this, there are many basic principles that commercial and noncommercial applicators should always follow when handling or using pesticides.

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Sensitivity of Grape and Tomato to Micro-rates of Dicamba-Based Herbicides May 3, 2018

Researchers report on a study to confirm the level of sensitivity of grapes and tomatoes to 1/10 and 1/100 of the label rate of dicamba. The studies were conducted with pot-grown grape and tomato plants during the summers of 2016 and 2017 at the Haskell Ag Lab.

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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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Kruger to Present National Spray Drift Webinar February 27, 2018

Nebraska Extension Weed Scientist and Application Technology Specialist Greg Kruger will be presenting an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) national webinar March 15 on "Strategies for Managing Pesticide Spray Drift." The webinar is tailored to growers and pesticide applicators.

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National Pesticide Safety Education Month February 8, 2018

February is National Pesticide Safety Education Month, an initiative of the National Stakeholder Team for Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) Funding. Its member goals are pesticide safety during transport, storage, application, and disposal.

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Figure 1. Personal protective equipment should always include gloves, long pants, long-sleeved shirt, shoes, and socks. Some situations also call for protective eyeware and coveralls. (Photos by UNL Pesticide Safety Education Program)

Chemical-Resistant Gloves May Help Prevent Parkinson's March 14, 2017

One key to pesticide safety is literally in the palm of your hand: wearing proper gloves.

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Dressed in personal protective gear and cleaning a sprayer
Dressed in personal protective gear and cleaning a sprayer

Winter Pesticide Storage September 29, 2016

Check out these recommendations for storing away pesticides and your sprayer to avoid product loss and equipment damage over winter.

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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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