WPR News
10:46 am
Mon April 21, 2008

Good Crop Prices Mean More Pesticide Use

Fargo, ND – Record-high prices for crops are giving farmers more economic incentive this spring to use chemicals that fight weeds, insects and crop disease.

In the past, the value of the crops saved by pesticides often did not justify the cost of buying and applying them. For many crops, especially wheat, that no longer is the case.

Andrew Thostenson is a pesticide program specialist with the North Dakota State University Extension Service.

His advice for farmers is to recognize that custom applicators might be very busy this year, and to plan ahead. He says farmers also should be wary of questionable chemical application operations.

Thostenson says applicators should be careful not to promise too much to potential customers, and should consider turning down jobs that involve too much risk or give people unrealistic expectations.