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Estimated Annual Agricultural Pesticide Use

The USGS agricultural pesticide use estimates are supported by funding from the USGS National Water Quality Program for the purpose of better understanding pesticides in freshwater and their impact on water availability nationwide. In 2019, the National Water Quality Program pesticide monitoring was rescoped, and pesticides with use estimates were aligned as closely as possible to the new list of monitored compounds. This change resulted in a reduction in the number of compounds with monitoring and use data. The USGS will continue to publish annual, county-level agricultural pesticide use estimates. The pesticide use estimates for 2018-22 will be published in late 2024. New, final pesticide use estimates will then be published on a 5-year cycle, which aligns with the release of the USDA Census of Agriculture. After 2024, the next estimates will be published in 2029 and will estimate agricultural pesticide use for 2023-27. Preliminary estimates will no longer be published annually and later updated with final estimates.

 

County-level pesticide use estimates

1992 | 1993 | 1994 | 1995 | 1996 | 1997 | 1998 | 1999 | 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012

2013-17 County-level pesticide use estimates

 

Preliminary county-level pesticide-use estimates*

2018 | 2019

 

State-level pesticide use estimates by major crop and crop groups

1992-2017 State-level crop group pesticide use estimates

1992-2019 State-level crop group (estimates for 2018-19 are preliminary*)

 

Archived data

these are preliminary pesticide-use estimates that have been superseded by datasets listed above. Data contained within these archived datasets are provided here for reference.

2013 county | 2014 county | 2015 county | 2016 county

2017** without California data

2018** without California data

1992-2016 State-level crop group pesticide use estimates (estimates for 2013-16 are preliminary)

*Preliminary estimates are calculated as soon as the data are made available to the U.S. Geological Survey. These estimates are made by using projected county crop acres from the previous Census of Agriculture and are expected to be revised upon availability of updated crop acreages in the following Census of Agriculture.

** These files do not include pesticide use estimates for California. Data for California are obtained from the online Department of Pesticide Regulation-Pesticide Use Reporting (DPR-PUR) database and are typically not available at the time the preliminary pesticide use estimates are generated for the rest of the U.S.

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