A lot of reports are coming in about herbicide damage due to spray drift — in vegetables and other crops. While most sprayer operators are doing a good job, there are still too many out there who are spraying irresponsibly and causing off-target damage.
We all have a part to play in raising awareness about avoiding spray drift. If you have a chance, please share the message to spray responsibly and avoid spray drift. I’ve listed some resources below that could be shared through social media, email, company websites, or even by printing off and handing out (at the coffee shop, the counter, or in the neighbour’s mailbox).
- Pesticide Drift from Ground Applications (factsheet) http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/crops/facts/11-001.htm
- How Weather Conditions Affect Spray Applications (factsheet) http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/crops/facts/09-037w.htm
- The Winds of Spring 2013 http://onvegetables.com/2013/05/28/the-winds-of-spring-2013/
- Preventing Spray Drift http://onvegetables.com/2012/05/15/preventing-spray-drift/
- New Spray Drift Awareness Videos Educate http://onvegetables.com/2012/01/17/new-spray-drift-videos/
- You Suspect Herbicide Drift – Now What? http://onvegetables.com/2011/06/27/herbicide-drift-now-what-2/
- New Information on Pesticide Drift and Reducing Buffer Zones http://onvegetables.com/2011/01/31/pesticide-buffer-zones/
- Ontario Pesticide Education Program, Chapter 19 – Drift of Pesticides http://www.opep.ca/index.cfm/learning-resources/videos/chapter-19-drift-of-pesticides/
I’m watching for creative anti-drift tweets, too! I’m retweeting many of them @ontariotomato. Share your favourites in the comments below.
Spray responsibly. Avoid drift. Spread the word.