Growers of organic or sensitive crops can reduce the risk of damage from nearby pesticide drift by posting signs near their fields and by using a Kansas Department of Agriculture registry.
Growers of organic or sensitive crops can reduce the risk of damage from nearby pesticide drift by posting signs near their fields and by using a Kansas Department of Agriculture registry.Kansas State University Research and Extension now is offering the sensitive-crop signs, previously available through the KDA. The 12-by 18-inch signs have the logo for “Project Good Neighbor” and the text: “Sensitive Crop Grown Here. Don’t Let Your Pesticides Drift. To learn more, visit www.ksda.gov.”Producers can view the sign on the Web at www.oznet.ksu.edu/library/. Enter S151 in the search window, and press “Go.”The price is $18.65 per sign. Buyers can pick them up at Umberger Hall on K-State’s campus in Manhattan or arrange for shipping.Shipping requires a street address (no P.O. boxes) and ranges from about $5 to $7, depending on the buyer’s location.Sign orders can be placed by e-mailing email@example.com, by phoning (785) 532-5830, or by sending a fax to (785) 532-7938.Those ordering will need to include their customer number (if applicable), complete billing and shipping information, contact e-mail address, and phone number.The KDA maintains the registry that lists sensitive-crop locations, so pesticide applicators can identify those areas before spraying.Registry use by pesticide applicators is voluntary.For a site to be listed, producers must comply with set criteria and submit a hard copy request to the KDA.More information and a link to the needed request form are available online at http://www.ksda.gov/pesticides_fertilizer/cid/517.For answers to questions, producers can contact Sharon Dobesh, K-State Research and Extension’s pesticide and integrated pest management coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (785) 532-4748.