According to the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, it is appropriate to file a pesticide drift complaint, if:
•Damage has been done to the environment (trees, bushes etc.) or a non-target field because of spray drift.
•You notice pesticide drift occurring while an applicator is spraying.
•You see a spill of more than 25 gallons of liquid material or 500 lbs. dry material occurs.
A complaint must be filed within 30 days after the date the damage occurs. If a growing crop is allegedly damaged, the complaint must be filed before 25 percent of the crop has been harvested.
SDDA has developed the South Dakota Sensitive Sites Registry. This is an online mapping tool which can be used to help prevent adverse drift effects as a result of pesticide or fertilizer applications.
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The registry allows producers of crops such as vineyards and organic production areas that are sensitive to pesticides to register by entering their contact information, field data and crops grown. Apiary sites are automatically included on the site through the Apiary Program. Applicators can register their service areas too; this allows the applicator to be informed via email about whatever sensitive sites are in his/her service area, whether old or new.
The Sensitive Sites Registry's success depends on participation from both producers and applicators. Both are strongly encouraged to sign up. For more information, contact Nick Wuebben at 605.773.4032.