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Pesticide Safety Education

Title Summary Date ID Author(s)
2016 Spray Bulletin for Commercial Tree Fruit Growers Jan 29, 2016 456-419 (ANR-172P)
Accurate Application and Placement of Chemicals on Lawns Jul 16, 2012 BSE-39NP
Control of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug with Insecticide-Treated Window Screens

In Virginia and other Mid-Atlantic states, the invasive brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) has become a serious nuisance pest (Rice et al. 2014). Each fall, these insects aggregate on buildings seeking shelters in which to spend the winter months. A licensed pest control professional can treat buildings for stink bugs in the late summer or fall just prior to bug congregation. A number of insecticides are registered for structural pest control, but the relative effectiveness of these products is not completely known.

Jan 26, 2016 ENTO-177NP
Droplet Chart / Selection Guide

When choosing nozzles/droplet sizes for spray applications, applicators must consider both coverage needed and drift potential. As a rule, smaller droplets provide better coverage, but larger droplets are less likely to drift.

Sep 25, 2014 442-031 (BSE-149P)
Farm Security - “Treat it Seriously” – Security for Plant Agriculture: On-Farm Assessment and Security Practices

Acts of terrorism have heightened our awareness of the need for increased personal and farm security. The greatest security risk to farms, greenhouses and nurseries where plants are grown is the unauthorized access to farm chemicals and application equipment.

Mar 9, 2011 445-005
Farm Security - “Treat it Seriously” – Security for Plant Agriculture: Producer Response for Plant Diseases, Chemical Contamination, and Unauthorized Activity

Acts of terrorism have heightened our awareness of the need for security, both at home and on the farm or nursery. This publication and the checklist that accompanies it will help you be proactive with regard to farm security.

Mar 9, 2011 445-004
Importance of Farm Phosphorus Mass Balance and Management Options

Phosphorus is a naturally occurring element that is one of 16 elements essential for plant growth and animal health. Research has documented that applying phosphorus in fertilizers or manure increases crop growth and yield on soils that are below critical agronomic levels, as measured during routine soil testing. Although the economic benefits of phosphorus fertilization on crop production are well-documented, too much of a good thing can be detrimental to the environment. Excessive soil phosphorus is a potential threat to water quality.

Dec 19, 2014 CSES-98P
Nozzles: Selection and Sizing

This fact sheet covers nozzle description, recommended use for common nozzle types, and orifice sizing for agricultural and turf sprayers. Proper selection of a nozzle type and size is essential for correct and accurate pesticide application. The nozzle is a major factor in determining the amount of spray applied to an area, uniformity of application, coverage obtained on the target surface, and amount of potential drift.

Jan 31, 2014 442-032 (BSE-103P)
Pest Management Guide: Field Crops, 2016 Jan 26, 2016 456-016 (ENTO-167P)
Pest Management Guide: Home Grounds and Animals, 2016 Feb 1, 2016 456-018 (ENTO-166P)
Pest Management Guide: Horticultural and Forest Crops, 2016 Jan 26, 2016 456-017 (ENTO-163P)
Pesticide Applicator Manuals Nov 17, 2011 VTTP-2
Plant Injury From Herbicide Residue

In recent years, an increased number of cases of
injury from herbicide residue in straw/hay, manure,
and compost have been diagnosed in the Virginia
Tech Plant Disease Clinic. Growers are surprised and
dismayed to learn that manure, straw, mulch, or other
amendments intended to improve their garden or
landscape might have such unforeseen consequences.
Of particular concern to organic growers are herbicide

Aug 22, 2016 PPWS-77P
Pyridine Herbicide Carryover: Causes and Precautions May 9, 2012 VTTP-6NP
Virginia Tech Pesticide Programs May 11, 2009 vtpp-1