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Contact: Blair Smith
Monday, August 30, 2004
AGRICULTURAL CHEMICAL USAGE REPORT
The “Agricultural Chemical Usage” report continues a series of fruit 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 fruit crops. The agricultural chemical use estimates in this report focus on the acreage treated with fertilizers, herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, and other pesticides for selected fruit 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 24 targeted fruit crops in 12 States. The New York Agricultural Statistics Service interviewed 402 growers about information for three fruit crops - apples, tart cherries, and grapes.
In New York, insecticides were applied to 97 percent of the apple acreage, fungicides to 97 percent, herbicides to 61 percent, and all other chemicals to 19 percent of the acreage. Nitrogen was applied to 66 percent of the apple acreage, phosphate to 33 percent, and potash to 71 percent.
Insecticides were applied to 92 percent of the New York tart cherry acreage, fungicides to 95 percent, herbicides 57 percent, and all other chemicals to 28 percent of the acreage. Nitrogen was applied to 83 percent of the tart cherry acreage, phosphate to 36 percent, and potash to 75 percent.
In New York, insecticides were applied to 82 percent of the grape acreage, fungicides to 96 percent, and herbicides to 77 percent. Nitrogen was applied to 88 percent of the grape acreage, phosphate to 10 percent, and potash to 29 percent.
Additional details for all the targeted fruit crops in all states are available in the complete “Agricultural Chemical Usage” report issued on August 5, 2004, 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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