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Protect Pollinators and Yourself with Safe Pesticide Use

April 15, 2022
soybean field being sprayed with a pesticide

The Growing Matters coalition wants applicators to keep themselves safe when spraying pesticides.  BeSure! to wear proper personal protective equipment.

The label is the law, and it contains everything an applicator needs to know when using pesticide products. A successful Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program alongside good stewardship practices helps to reduce potential pesticide exposure and protect insect pollinators and other wildlife. But what can you do to keep yourself safe when applying? This year’s BeSure! campaign reminds farmers to BeSure! to consult all product labels and available resources to stay safe this growing season and beyond.

Safety should be top of mind throughout every stage of the season no matter the application method. Applicators should BeSure! to wear goggles, closed-toe shoes, non-absorbent gloves and cover any other exposed skin. Product labels will outline additional necessary personal protective equipment and safety precautions needed while spraying.

When spraying crops, farmers should utilize the recommended pesticide with proper timing and placement at the appropriate labeled rate in order to mitigate the risk of pest resistance and ensure that the product continues to be effective. BeSure! to comply with all local and state regulations when using registered pesticide products and ensure proper employee training prior to application.

These simple steps contribute to reducing the risk of potential pesticide exposure, improving stewardship activities and protecting the applicator and non-target insects from harm. Local crop advisors, extension agents and state and country departments of agriculture are available to answer any questions.

For additional information about product stewardship and label guidelines, please visit www.growingmatters.org/besure or take our Pollinator Stewardship Learning Module to earn CEU credit.

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