National Farmer’s Day: Celebrating Oldham County Farmers

For the folks who’ve lived in Oldham County a long time, it’s easy to remember when orchardgrass seed, tobacco, and dairy were the top ag commodities in the county.  Horses, grain and forage crops, nurseries and greenhouses, and vegetables are now far more common sights on our farms. With our proximity to Louisville, plus the … Continue reading National Farmer’s Day: Celebrating Oldham County Farmers

Pesticide Calculations for Small Acreages

Written by Dr. Ric Bessin, University of Kentucky

Kentucky Pest News

Most agricultural pesticide labels list use rates on a per acre basis, but this can pose an issue for many producers of specialty crops. Often only a small fraction of an acre needs to be treated and it is important to apply these pesticides at the correct dose. Over-application is illegal as it may result in excessive residues on the harvested produce and injury to plants; it would also be a waste of money. Under application can result in ineffective control, foster the development of resistance, and also be a waste of money. So, determining the correct amount for the proper dosage is required. While there are many different methods to do this, this article outlines the simple process I use to determine amounts of products needed for small acreages.

1. Select the rate per acre

While this sounds simple and straight forward, select the rate listed on the label…

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