Resources for Pesticide Safety Education
|Droplet Chart / Selection Guide||
When choosing nozzles/droplet sizes for spray applications, applicators must consider both coverage needed and drift potential. As a rule, smaller droplets provide better coverage, but larger droplets are less likely to drift.
|Aug 13, 2019||442-031 (BSE-263P)|
|Nozzles: Selection and Sizing||
This fact sheet covers nozzle description, recommended use for common nozzle types, and orifice sizing for agricultural and turf sprayers. Proper selection of a nozzle type and size is essential for correct and accurate pesticide application. The nozzle is a major factor in determining the amount of spray applied to an area, uniformity of application, coverage obtained on the target surface, and amount of potential drift.
|Aug 13, 2019||442-032 (BSE-262P)|
|Fine Tuning a Sprayer with “Ounce” Calibration Method||
This extension publication discusses guidelines to quickly evaluate the performance of a sprayer. Sprayer calibration, nozzle discharge, spray pattern uniformity, speed checks, pump performance, and plumbing arrangements are evaluated with minimal calculations.
|Apr 16, 2020||442-453 (BSE-320P)|
|Farm Security - “Treat it Seriously” – Security for Plant Agriculture: Producer Response for Plant Diseases, Chemical Contamination, and Unauthorized Activity||Oct 11, 2019||445-004|
|2023 Pest Management Guide - Field Crops||Feb 10, 2023||456-016 (ENTO-522P)|
|2023 Pest Management Guide - Horticultural and Forest Crops||Feb 23, 2023||456-017 (ENTO-524P)||
|Information for New Pesticide Applicators||Apr 19, 2023||ALCE-307NP|
|2021 Southeastern U.S. Vegetable Growers Crop Handbook||
New varieties and strains of particular varieties of vegetables are constantly being developed throughout the world. Since it is impossible to list and describe all of them, only some of the better performing commercial types are listed in the specific crop section, either alphabetically or in order of relative maturity from early to late. These varieties are believed to be suitable for commercial production under most conditions.
|Jan 8, 2021||AREC-66NP (SPES-292NP)|
|Accurate Application and Placement of Chemicals on Lawns||Feb 12, 2020||BSE-318NP|
|Importance of Farm Phosphorus Mass Balance and Management Options||
Phosphorus is a naturally occurring element that is one of 16 elements essential for plant growth and animal health. Research has documented that applying phosphorus in fertilizers or manure increases crop growth and yield on soils that are below critical agronomic levels, as measured during routine soil testing. Although the economic benefits of phosphorus fertilization on crop production are well-documented, too much of a good thing can be detrimental to the environment. Excessive soil phosphorus is a potential threat to water quality.
|Feb 21, 2020||CSES-98P(SPES-178P)|
Cankerworms are also known as inchworms, loop worms, and spanworms - this is credited to their distinctive way of moving. In order to travel, a cankerworm must grab leaves or branches with its front legs and then pull the rest of its body forward. This causes the abdomen area to contract and gives the worm the appearance of arching its back.
|Feb 5, 2021||ENTO-223NP (ENTO-404NP)|
|Integrated Pest Management of Hemp in Virginia||Mar 2, 2020||ENTO-349NP|
|An Introduction to Integrated Pest Management||Apr 2, 2020||ENTO-365NP|
|Organic vs. Conventional (Synthetic) Pesticides: Advantages and Disadvantages||Jun 24, 2020||ENTO-384NP|
|Pesticide Storage & Disposal – A Quick Guide for Home Use||Jun 24, 2020||ENTO-385NP|
|Myth-busting Integrated Pest Management for Extension Master Gardeners||Jul 14, 2020||ENTO-388NP|
|Understanding Pesticide Toxicity||Nov 11, 2020||ENTO-389NP|
|Reading Pesticide Product Labels||Jan 7, 2021||ENTO-390NP|
|Pesticide Drift Series: Understanding and Controlling Pesticide Drift||Jul 7, 2021||ENTO-452NP|
|Pesticide Drift Series: Protecting Sensitive Areas from Pesticide Drift||Jul 7, 2021||ENTO-453NP|
|Pesticide Drift Series: Using Buffers to Reduce the Impact of Spray Drift||Jun 22, 2021||ENTO-454NP|
|Pesticide Spills: Prevention and Management||Oct 4, 2022||ENTO-518NP|
|Selecting Pesticide Products||Oct 6, 2022||ENTO-520NP|
|Selecting a Pest Control Company||May 19, 2023||ENTO-558NP|
|Myth-busting Homemade Pesticides||
Internet websites and social media platforms often contain information that misguide the public in using homemade pesticides. The use of homemade pesticides is concerning for several reasons. Homemade pesticides do not have directions for safe handling and application, instructions on how to protect people, pets, plants, and the environment, and are often ineffective. This publication will explain what homemade pesticides are and how they differ from registered pesticides. It will also debunk several common myths about homemade pesticides.
|Aug 17, 2023||ENTO-570NP|
|Glyphosate Q & A Sheet||Feb 8, 2019||SPES-113NP|
|2021 Virtual Eastern Shore Agricultural Conference and Trade Show||Mar 12, 2021||SPES-312NP||
|VCE Ag Today: Pesticide Updates||Mar 23, 2021||VCE-1027-16NP|
|VCE Ag Today: Virginia Pesticide Collection Programs||Nov 10, 2021||VCE-1027-52NP|
|Pesticide Applicator Manuals||Dec 17, 2021||VTTP-2|
|Virginia Tech Pesticide Programs||May 11, 2009||vtpp-1|
|Pyridine Herbicide Carryover: Causes and Precautions||Sep 9, 2012||VTTP-6NP|