FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Robin Gannon
Thursday, May 22, 2008
AGRICULTURAL CHEMICAL USAGE REPORT
The “Agricultural Chemical Usage” report continues a series of reports issued by the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). This report contains statistics for on-farm use of commercial fertilizers, agricultural chemicals, and pest management practices from producers of targeted field and fruit crops for the 2007 crop year. The agricultural chemical use estimates in this report focus on the acreage treated with herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, and other pesticides.
Information in this report is collected from a survey compiled from the Agricultural Resources Management Survey (ARMS). The ARMS survey is conducted in cooperation with the Economic Research Service (ERS). The information from the ARMS survey enables NASS to publish chemical use statistics and to provide ERS the ability to conduct economic analyses relating to field crop chemical usage. This report includes chemical use information for cotton, apples, and organic apples and included 16 states.
In New York, insecticides were applied to 100 percent of the apple acreage, fungicides to 100 percent, herbicides to 73 percent, and all other chemicals to 49 percent of the acreage.
Nationally 53% of organic acres had nitrogen applied. Phosphate was applied to 25 percent, potash to 26 percent and sulfur to 12 percent of the acreage.
Additional details for all targeted crops in all states as well as pest management practices used are available in the complete “Agricultural Chemical Usage” report issued on May 21, 2008, at the following website: www.usda.gov/nass or by calling the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service at 800-999-6779.