Inspectors watching pesticide applications
ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce is urging farmers to practice extreme caution when making pesticide applications this spring when especially high winds increase the chance of pesticide drift.
Applicators are reminded to pay close attention to wind speed, direction, and the distance to neighboring crops and other sensitive areas before spraying.
In the interest of public and environmental safety, Bureau of Plant Industry inspectors are actively patrolling the state to monitor pesticide applications. Individuals who are observed spraying in high winds or in a negligent manner will be cited. Penalties for these negligent applications can be up to $5,000 per violation.
Current state regulations prohibit aerial applicators from making any herbicide applications in winds exceeding 10 miles per hour and require individuals utilizing ground spray equipment to follow wind restrictions as indicated on the pesticide label.
To sign up for Mississippi Business Daily Updates, click here.
FOLLOW THE MBJ ON TWITTERMy Tweets
Top Posts & Pages
- Mad Genius, Eyevox owner acquires Mississippi Film Studios
- Grain buyer’s bankruptcy could take steep toll on Delta farmers
- UPDATE — David Watkins says JRA left him in dark about HUD's Farish St. involvement
- Payday lender, fired executive exchanging blame for lender’s regulatory woes
- UMMC reaching out after death of high school football player
- Mississippi no longer has highest unemployment rate in nation
- Report: Mississippi has worst child poverty rate in U.S.
- McDaniel cites Gunn's challenge in his attempt to overturn loss to Cochran
- UPDATED: Jackson agrees to repay HUD $1.5 million for Farish Street blunders