New Resource For Pesticide Stewardship
The Center for Integrated Pest Management (CIPM) recently launched a new Web site for Pesticide Environmental Stewardship (PES). The site, located at http://pesticidestewardship.org, is designed for anyone who applies, sells, stores or disposes of pesticides, provides advice or training on use or is involved in pesticide stewardship or regulation.
“Our ultimate goal is to cover the basic tenets that apply regardless of who you are, where you live or the pest you’re trying to control,” says Wayne Buhler of North Carolina State University, PES national coordinator and a Pesticide Safety Education Program coordinator for North Carolina. “There are fundamental principles and practices to be aware of whether you are protecting agricultural crops, homegrown vegetables, a lawn or golf course. We hope that whenever the choice is made to use a pesticide, good stewardship practices will be followed.”
The new Web site complements the work of county Extension agents and state-level Pesticide Safety Education programs. It covers a wide variety of stewardship topics ranging from pesticide storage, handling and disposal, to how to avoid drift, runoff and leaching during and after the application. Homeowners can go straight to a section geared to their needs.
A pesticide resistance management topic is currently under development. Future plans include educational quizzes to reinforce important stewardship concepts and self-assessment tools to evaluate personal stewardship practices.
10 Tips From The Pesticide Environmental Stewardship (PES) Web Site:
1. Read the label before buying the pesticide.
2. Buy only the amount of pesticide needed for one season.
3. As a general rule of thumb, the temperature inside the storage area should not get below 40 F or over 100 F.
4. Calibrate equipment carefully to assure that the pesticide is applied at labeled rates.
5. Be aware of the current and probable future weather conditions in order to make the best application decisions to prevent drift.
6. Locate the mixing/loading site away from wells, streams and lakes.
7. Never leave a tank while it is being filled and pay constant attention during filling to prevent overfilling and spilling of the pesticide on the ground.
8. When you empty a container, allow it to drain into the spray tank for 10 seconds after it begins to drip.
9. Remember that exceeding the label rate of application is a violation of the law!
10. Follow the label each time you mix and use the pesticide, and follow the label when storing or disposing of the pesticide. Do not trust your memory.
About The Center For Integrated Pest Management
The Center for IPM (CIPM) was established in 1991 as part of the National Science Foundation’s Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program. CIPM works to support and further Integrated Pest Management. CIPM is housed within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University. PG
Temik To Be Discontinued
Bayer CropScience is cooperating with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to cancel uses of aldicarb, sold as Temik brand insecticide/nematicide. This decision follows a new dietary risk assessment process recently completed by the EPA.
Bayer CropScience does not fully agree with this new risk assessment approach; however, it respects the oversight authority of the EPA and is cooperating with them. Officials say that this decision does not mean that aldicarb poses a food safety concern. The company will voluntarily phase out production of aldicarb by Dec. 31, 2014. All remaining aldicarb uses will end no later than August 2018.
Aldicarb is registered for use as a systemic insecticide and nematicide on agricultural crops and is formulated and marketed solely as a granular pesticide under the trade name Temik.
During the phase-out, the pesticide will continue to be registered for use on cotton, dry beans, peanuts, soybeans, sugar beets and sweet potatoes.
Bob Kemerait, University of Georgia Extension plant pathologist, says the loss of Temik 15G will be significant for peanut growers.
“The peanut root-knot nematode remains a serious threat to production. My program is focused on assessing the production efficacy of planting the nematode-resistant cultivar, Tifguard, as compared to using nematicides to protect other high yielding, but susceptible, cultivars,” he says. PG