Applicators gain knowledge of good pesticide stewardship Photo: Richard Voytko
A group of twenty local farmers gathered in early February for a workshop focusing on nutrient management and good pesticide stewardship. The workshop was hosted by the Beaver County Conservation District and featured Extension Water Resources Educator, Susan Boser, speaking about careful use of pesticides as they relate to pollinators and being aware of off-site pesticide impacts to water resources.
Each pesticide label points out specific environmental hazards that the applicator must be aware of. Whether the hazard is to beneficial pollinators like honeybees, or if the pesticide must be used cautiously around waterways, applicators must know of the product’s potential effects. Choosing pesticides that are pollinator-friendly, minimizing drift to non-target areas, and paying close attention to weather forecasts so as not to apply pesticides before a rain storm or on windy days, are all ways to minimize impacts. Runoff from fields can affect the local watershed in addition to harming crops and affecting groundwater supplies. Communication between neighboring farms and local beekeepers is also key to responsible pesticide application.