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Pesticide Use Best Management Practices for Homeowners

Pesticides for purchase at local stores or online to anyone are referred to as ‘General Use’ pesticides by the EPA. You do not need a license or certification to purchase and use these on your own property. Although these are

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Pollinator Protection: Hazard versus Risk

Pollinator protection has received a lot of national attention due to decline of honey bees and other wild pollinators. The causes of this are still being studied, but parasites, pathogens, nutrition, genetics, and pesticides all play a role in these

Posted in Beneficial Insects, Pesticide Topics

Navigating the WPS Respirator Requirements

With the 2015 revisions to the Worker Protection Standards (WPS), agricultural employers, employees, and their family members who use a pesticide that falls under WPS and requires a respirator, must follow OSHA respirator requirements. Respirators are required when a pesticide

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Notify Local Beekeepers before Applying Some Insecticides to Plants in Flower

Some insecticide labels require applicators to notify beekeepers 48 hours before making applications to flowering plants. But many applicators do not even know if there are bee colonies near their fields or where those colonies are located. This notification is

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Be Aware When Making Postemergence Dicamba Applications

The month of June has arrived and so too will postemergence soybean applications, many of which are likely to contain the dicamba formulations of Xtendimax, Engenia, or FeXapan.  As we approach these coming weeks when many of our dicamba application

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Harvest Aid in Wheat

Cool temperatures during late-winter and early-spring delayed wheat development across much of Kentucky earlier this year. Even as recently as early May, some reports that wheat was around 5 to 7 days ‘late’ (as compared to most years) were common.

Posted in Grains, Pesticide Topics

Sivanto Prime Available on Sweet Sorghum for 2018

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) just announced that Kentucky will again have Sivanto Prime available for use on sweet sorghum to fight sugarcane aphid (Figure 1). This is good news as this insecticide is so effective and the sugarcane

Posted in Grains, Pesticide Topics