State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project ID: 2012IN344B
Title: Pollution Prevention Strategies for Farmers and Commercial Input Applicator Businesses
Project Type: Information Transfer
Start Date: 3/01/2012
End Date: 2/28/2013
Congressional District: IN-004
Focus Categories: Agriculture, Climatological Processes, Floods
Keywords: spills, pollution prevention, environment, water
Principal Investigator: Whitford, Fred
Federal Funds: $ 5,000
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 21,442
Abstract: Making effective and safe applications of pesticides entails five interlocking pieces: identifying the pest, selecting the appropriate product, calibrating the equipment, measuring the pesticide, and reviewing the treatment site prior to and during the actual application (e.g., nearby surface waters). Pest identification, product selection, equipment calibration, and site awareness are frequently discussed at recertification workshops, but the mixing of pesticides is infrequently mentioned. How hard can it be: you fill a measuring device and add it to the carrier in the tank. How much more does one need to know when it comes to measuring the right amount of a pesticide product? Sounds simple enough, but there is much more involved.

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