Organic Production and Avoiding Pesticide Drift

A new article, put out by Purdue University, reminds organic farmers of the dangers of pesticide drift and offers tips and tools to help avoid unwanted pesticides on organic crops. The article warns that a threshold of 5% of acceptable pesticide levels are all it takes to make a crop unviable to be sold as ‘organic’. To avoid this, the Purdue researchers suggest some simple solutions, such as communicating with local pesticide applicators, as long as keeping watch of current weather reports. Also suggested is registration at  www.Driftwatch.org, a free website that opens up lines of communication between organic growers and pesticide applicators by notifying both of each others presence, an important step in the process of cooperation. Hope it’s useful for you!

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