Water Resources Research Act Program

Details for Project ID 2012IN344B

Pollution Prevention Strategies for Farmers and Commercial Input Applicator Businesses

Institute: Indiana
Year Established: 2012 Start Date: 2012-03-01 End Date: 2013-02-28
Total Federal Funds: $13,000 Total Non-Federal Funds: $30,419

Principal Investigators: Fred Whitford

Abstract: Making effective and safe applications of pesticides entails five interlocking piecesidentifying 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