On March 20th, the Maryland General Assembly decided on a partial ban on chlorpyrifos, mostly phasing it out in the state by the end of 2020, and entirely ending its use by 2021. Chlorpyrifos is a controversial, neurotoxic pesticide that has become the frequent target of legislation meant to protect children, consumers and farm workers…. Read more »
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Seed treatments are widely used in corn, soybean and cotton, and to a lesser extent in wheat. However, there are a lack of accurate, publically available data on seed treatment usage, which makes it difficult for researchers, farmers and regulators to understand the usage, balance costs and benefits, and assess environmental impacts including adverse effects… Read more »
The invasive Cactus moth, previously limited to Cuba, Florida and Louisiana has now become established and is spreading in Texas. The moth appears to have jumped over the Houston area into Brazoria County and is now established deep into the south of the state. The moth is feeding on prickly pear, a wild cactus consumed… Read more »
Yesterday, Field to Market released a report co-authored by the IPM Institute on Trends in Pest Management in U.S Agriculture. The report analyzes barriers and opportunities around the implementation of responsible and sustainable pest management across food and fiber value chains. The IPM Institute is part of Field to Market’s Science Advisory Council, providing consult… Read more »
Corteva Inc., the manufacturer of the controversial insecticide chlorpyrifos will stop producing the chemical this year. Chlorpyrifos has been linked to neurological damage in children and has frequently been the target of recent regional and state-level legislation. Read more on The Californian.
At the end of 2019, Kellogg made a commitment on it’s Open for Breakfast website to phase out glyphosate as a pre-harvest desiccant on wheat and oats by 2025. Caitlin Eannello, communications director for the National Association of Wheat Growers, told the Washington Post that the group wasn’t informed of the decision. “Glyphosate is very… Read more »
Pyrethroids, a type of pesticide frequently used by consumers in the form of lice treatments, pet flea medications and to protect against roaches, ants and mosquitoes, are associated with an increased risk of death, according to a new study in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. Read more on Consumer Reports
The February 6th cut-off date for chlorpyrifos sales in California is fast approaching. Storage and use of existing supplies of chlorpyrifos will remain legal until December 31st. Read more on Agnet West
Last week, Gustavus Adolphus student Shauna Capron published a column in Minnpost presenting the risks of neonicotinoid pesticide use, as well as farmer perspectives, and potential IPM alternatives. “When using neonicotinoids, it is necessary to consider both the benefits of food security and crop yields along with the larger impacts they have on the environment… Read more »
Palm Beach, Florida recently approved a special pick-up program that would remove Ficus benjamina from private properties at no cost to residents. Fiscus is a flowering plant popular as a hedge, prone to developing white fly infestations that require a heavy pesticide regimen to treat. Read more at the Palm Beach Post.