The South Dakota Department of Agriculture offers the following three tips for reducing spray drift this season:
1. Evaluate factors such as wind speed, wind direction, temperature, spray pressure, nozzle height and surrounding properties before they begin spraying a field.
2. Read product labels. They give applicators information about safe handling, rates, personal protective equipment, labeled crops, susceptible crops, tank mixes, avoiding drift, weeds controlled and more.
Best Practices For Spraying: Get The Most Out Of Your Sprayer
Are you confident you know the best ways to prepare your sprayer for the season ahead? Are you sure you know the best practices for minimizing herbicide spray drift? Read through these best practices to make sure you are on the right track.
3. Check the South Dakota Sensitive Sites Registry. This is an online map that shows sites especially sensitive to pesticide drift. It includes vineyards, organic production areas, bee hives and gardens of a half-acre or more.
SDDA is telling the public that is appropriate to file complaints when
•Damage has been done to the environment (trees, bushes etc.) or a non-target field because of spray drift
•If you notice pesticide drift occurring while an applicator is spraying
•A spill of over 25 gallons of liquid material or 500 lbs. dry material occurs
Complaints 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% of the crop has been harvested.Source: SDDA