Pesticide use in ND set record in 2008MINOT, N.D. — A recently released study shows that the number of acres in North Dakota treated with pesticides reached a record level in 2008.
By: Associated Press, INFORUM
MINOT, N.D. — A recently released study shows that the number of acres in North Dakota treated with pesticides reached a record level in 2008.
The study conducted by North Dakota State University and the federal Agriculture Department found that pesticide-treated acres two years ago reached 32.6 million, up 45 percent from the previous study four years earlier.
In 2008, more than 40 percent of wheat received a fungicide application, up from 6 percent in 2000. NDSU plant pathologist Marcia McMullen says there was leaf rot and tan spot in 2007, so a lot of farmers probably did preventative spraying in 2008.
Insecticide applications in 2008 quadrupled from 2004, to 4 million acres. NDSU entomologist Janet Knodel says wheat stem sawfly was bad in 2008, and soybean aphids and spider mites also threatened crops.
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