Personal Protection Equipment and Paraquat (General)
Description: The use of highly toxic pesticides that require respiratory protection were on the decline for over two decades; however one highly toxic active ingredient has been on the rise due to glyphosate resistant kochia in Montana. This active ingredient known as paraquat is in such formulations as Blanco®, Drexel Quik-Quat®, Devour®, Firestorm®, Helmquat 3SL®, Gramaxone Inteon®, Gramoxone SL®, Cyclone SL 2.0®, Bonedry®, Willowood Paraquat 3SL®, Paraquat Concentrate® and Para-Shot 3.0®. Paraquat is a photosynthesis inhibitor and acts as a non-selective contact herbicide.
Alert Period: 08/22/2017 - 11/01/2017
Submitted By: Cecil Tharp
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Schutter Diagnostic Lab samples (General)
Description: For those of you shipping samples to the Schutter Diagnostic Lab, we wanted to send out a few reminders for good sample submission. We are experiencing a lot of dried out samples that are in poor shape for diagnoses. Please see the attached pdf for some tips.
Alert Period: 07/11/2017 - 11/30/2017
Submitted By: Laurie Kerzicnik
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Be Aware of the Montana Pesticide Disposal Program and 2017 Disposal Sites (General)
Description: Delaying removal of unused pesticide products often leads to corroded containers that pose unnecessary risks towards the environmental and human health. Pesticide applicators should be aware of the resources available for discarding pesticide waste. By following a few simple steps applicators can ensure that unused pesticides are discarded and disposed of legally and safely.
Alert Period: 07/03/2017 - 09/29/2017
Submitted By: Cecil Tharp
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Pollinators and Pesticides: What you need to Know (General)
Description: In the spirit of National Pollinator Week, June 19 – 25, producers, bee keepers and pesticide applicators are reminded of best management practices to minimize negative impacts to pollinators. The value of insect pollinated crops in the US ranges from $18 to $27 billion annually. Pollinator numbers have been decreasing worldwide for many years. This article discusses pollinators, specifically bees, and steps to reduce the risk of exposing bees to pesticides.
Alert Period: 06/28/2017 - 08/25/2017
Submitted By: Cecil Tharp
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Diagnosing Herbicide Carryover in Pulse Crops (Pesticides)
Description: We have seen a sharp increase in the number of chickpea, lentil, and pea samples submitted to the Schutter Lab with symptoms consistent with herbicide carryover. These symptoms include malformation, stunting, and/or chlorosis. After reviewing herbicide records we find that many of these cases are likely attributed to an application of a soil residual herbicide in past small grain rotations. If you are sending a pulse crop sample that you suspect may be showing these types of symptoms, please include herbicide records for the past two to three years. See the attached alert document for more information.
Alert Period: 06/26/2017 - 08/26/2017
Submitted By: Noelle Orloff
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EPA Finalizes Pesticide Certification & Training Requirements for RUP Applicators (Pesticides)
Description: People should be aware of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pesticide certification and training rule finalized on December 12th, 2016 and published in the Federal Register on January 4. 2017. This applies to those that apply restricted use pesticides (RUP) across the nation
Alert Period: 01/24/2017 - 11/17/2017
Submitted By: Cecil Tharp
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