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Resources for Coping with Pesticide Damage (07/20/17)

Whether it is spraying the wrong field, not cleaning the sprayer sufficiently, drift to sensitive crops/plants, or taking out a garden, these and other reasons for pesticide damage can cause major problems.

Resources for Coping with Pesticide Damage

Whether it is spraying the wrong field, not cleaning the sprayer sufficiently, drift to sensitive crops/plants, or taking out a garden, these and other reasons for pesticide damage can cause major problems. Often incidents can result in tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars to the damaged party. NDSU has resources to help people work through these issues:

  1. Rich Zollinger has created, “Documentation for Suspected Herbicide Spray Drift Damage, WC-751. It is available from your county agent and at this link: https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/pubs/plantsci/weeds/wc751.pdf
  2. Rich also has a section in the 2017 ND Weed Control Guide, W-252, regarding “Investigation of Crop Injury” on page 70. A list of residue testing laboratories can be found on page 106. The guide is available from your county agent or at this link: https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/weeds/weed-control-guides/nd-weed-control-guide-1
  3. As part of our Pesticide Program training program, we have developed a narrated video presentation on complying with North Dakota’s “Alleged Property Damage Notification of Applicator Law,” North Dakota Century Code Chapter 4.1-33-18. Also known as the “28 Day Rule”. The video runs 14 minutes and can be watched on smartphone, tablet, or computer at this URL: https://vimeo.com/226170040/dae4272f81  The slide set used in the video is available in PDF at this link: https://tinyurl.com/LossSlideSet
  4. The text of 4.1-33-18 and a copy of a sample notification letter is here in Word format: https://tinyurl.com/LawLetterSample  The PDF version is found at: https://tinyurl.com/LawLetterSamplePDF

Recovering from a pesticide misapplication incident is a very challenging process. The above materials should help applicators and those suffering damage better understand and organize their efforts.

Andrew A. Thostenson

Pesticide Program Specialist

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