What is the health safety, both personal and environmental, of commonly used chemicals?
Some herbicides are more dangerous for the grower to handle than others. We know that the herbicides on the market today are, in general, safe as far as short term effects, but research has not yet addressed the long term effects of these products. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been assigned the responsibility to oversee the safety of all agronomic chemicals. They require toxicology data on each pesticide, and they establish tolerance levels. Only those products that fall within the window of “reasonable” safety will be marketed, and their registration is always subject to review by the EPA. 7. How do I control perennial vegetation (sumac, milkweed, dogbane, etc.) in no-till corn? Each weed species may require a different control method. In general, control of perennial vegetation in no-till corn usually involves repeated treatment with Banvel (or Banvel plus 2,4-D) or spot application with Roundup. Fall applications of Roundup or Banvel are generally more effectiv