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Surface Temperature Inversions and Spray Drift

Usually, when the sun’s energy hits the ground, it warms the air at the surface. This warm air normally expands and cools as it rises, so air temperature decreases with altitude. A temperature inversion occurs when a layer of cool

Posted in Pesticide Topics

Dispose of Empty Pesticide Containers Safely

Use the Kentucky Rinse and Return Program, a voluntary, cooperative program sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) and the Agri-Business Association of Kentucky (ABAK). Other partners include the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service (which helps coordinate the

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Bees and Pesticides in the Garden

I received an email from a backyard beekeeper asking how they can avoid problems to bees when using pesticides in the yard. Overwintering losses of honey bee colonies increased in 2006 and remain at unacceptable levels, but at the same

Posted in Beneficial Insects, Pesticide Topics

Best Management Practices For Pesticide Use

Know your fields. Be aware of sensitive areas, such as sinkholes (Figure 1), streams, ponds, and slopes where runoff can occur. Use buffer strips as appropriate.Read and follow label directions (Figure 2) before using any pesticide. Pay particular attention to

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New Dicamba Products Receive Approval for Use on RR2Xtend Soybean

Two dicamba formulations, XtendiMaxTM (Monsanto) and EngeniaTM (BASF), received federal EPA approval in December for use with RoundupReady2Xtend soybean.  In addition to federal registration, a pesticide must also be registered and approved within a state before it can be sold. 

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Revisions to Worker Protection Standards (WPS) Become Effective in 2017

The 1992 Worker Protection Standards established specific requirements for employers to follow in order to reduce the potential for worker exposure to pesticides. Revisions to these standards will go into effect January 2, 2017. They will give farm workers health

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Insecticides Registered Against the Sugarcane Aphid on Grain & Sweet Sorghum in Kentucky for 2016

Sugarcane Aphid Identification The sugarcane aphid (Melanaphis sacchari) is an invasive pest that may rapidly produce population outbreaks and cause heavy yield reductions in grain and sweet sorghum. Sugarcane aphids are easily identified under a dissecting microscope; they are recognized

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