Georgia: Herbicide Drift Complaints Decline Over Last 5 Years

Herbicide spraying in soybean field. ©Debra L Ferguson Stock Photography

The figure below shares the results from 2014 through 2019. Impact through our Using Pesticides Wisely (UPW) program and county programs have been monumental with the overall goal of protecting pesticide users, by-standers, consumers, and our environment.

Obviously, these results would not have been possible without a strong supportive and cooperative commitment among all of our Georgia agricultural family including growers, consultants, retailers/dealers, industry, and the Georgia Department of Agriculture.

In 2019, cotton, pecan, and fruits and vegetables (mostly gardens) received the most drift complaints at 38, 15, and 14%, respectively. Pesticides which led to the most extension drift visits included dicamba, 2,4-D, paraquat, 2,4-DB and cotton defoliation mixtures. For both dicamba and 2,4-D, complaints were significantly less in 2019 when compared to 2018.

No final decisions have been made on UPW 2020 as of Jan 7 but hopefully our plan will be in-place by mid-January with meetings planned for March 2020.




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