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BeSure! to Apply the Best Field Application Tips

May 18, 2023
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Crop protection products are an important component to a your integrated pest-management approach. It’s helpful to understand application best practices to help ensure a successful growing season while protecting crops from harmful threats.

Before all else, BeSure! you are reading and following the labels with each new product purchase. Labels can frequently change, so it’s important to re-read them before applying. When using field applications, it’s essential to observe the application timing relative to the blooming stage of the crop and other plants in the area. This will help reduce any potential exposure or harm to insect pollinators.

Other conditions to consider are wind and temperature. Equally important, growers must evaluate wind speed and wind direction, while also tracking temperature changes and humidity levels. If you are unsure of what to look for, you can always refer to the label for specific crop protection product requirements.

Remember: you are not alone! Communicate and cooperate with other growers, landowners, applicators, beekeepers, crop advisors and local officials to ensure pollinator safety and protection. You can also use tools like FieldWatch® and BeeCheck to help track beehive colonies and keep products away from non-target insects.

BeSure! to apply stewardship best practices when using field application products to maximize yield potential and protect the ecosystem. For additional information and resources, please visit www.growingmatters.org/besure.

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