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Preparing for pesticide contamination

publication date: Apr 1, 2015
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cropdusterPesticide contamination is a growing problem for market farms, regardless of their growing practices. The wrong chemical reaching your farm from an outside source can result in crop damage or loss, concerns about food safety, and damage to your reputation. Contamination can occur through direct spray drift from outside applications, through later volatilization from previous applications, or through use of herbicide-contaminated compost or mulch. Several recent incidents in central Missouri have focused our attention on the various ways that unwanted chemical contamination can surprise and harm market farms. In this article, we share two relevant stories and offer advice for other farmers wanting to prepare for and prevent such incidents on their own land.

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