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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:


Contact: Blair Smith

Friday, September 30, 2005

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AGRICULTURAL CHEMICAL USAGE REPORT

 

      The “Agricultural Chemical Usage” report continues a series of vegetable summary reports issued by the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). This report contains statistics for on-farm use of agricultural chemicals and pest management practices from producers of targeted vegetable crops. The agricultural chemical use estimates in this report focus on the acreage treated with herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, and other pesticides for selected vegetable crops.

 

      Information in this report is provided from a survey funded by the USDA Pesticide Data Program. The purpose of the Pesticide Data Program is to provide reliable pesticide use statistics and to enhance the quality of information on pesticide residues in food. This data series addresses the increased public interest in agricultural chemical use and provides the means for government agencies to respond effectively to food safety and water quality issues. This report includes chemical use information for 23 targeted vegetable crops in 20 States. The New York Field Office of NASS interviewed 475 growers about information for seven vegetable crops - snap beans, cabbage, cucumbers, green peas, onions, pumpkins, and sweet corn.

 

      In New York, herbicides were applied to 86 percent of the fresh sweet corn acreage, insecticides to 77 percent, and fungicides to 5 percent of the acreage. Herbicides were applied to 95 percent of the processing sweet corn acreage, insecticides to 44 percent, and fungicides to 13 percent of the acreage.

 

      Herbicides were applied to 79 percent of the fresh snap bean acreage, insecticides to 76 percent, and fungicides to 71 percent of the acreage. Herbicides were applied to 94 percent of the processing snap bean acreage, insecticides to 85 percent, and fungicides to 91 percent of the acreage.

 

      Herbicides were applied to 97 percent of the onion acreage, insecticides to 96 percent, and fungicides to 97 percent of the acreage.

 

      Additional details for all the targeted vegetable crops in all states are available in the complete “Agricultural Chemical Usage” report issued on July 27, 2005, at the following website: www.usda.gov/nass or by calling the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service at 800-999-6779.

 

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