- Author: Amanda Crump
The adage "a picture is worth a thousand words" can apply to pesticide safety, too! When I was at Colorado State University in 2006, Sandra McDonald of Mountain West PEST led an effort to teach pesticide safety through the use of photos.
We took over 900 photos using the fluorescent dye Glo-Germ® illustrating proper and improper pesticide handling. The results of simulated photos speak for themselves:
This photo series illustrates the importance of wearing proper clothing and footwear. Notice the "glowing" areas on the girls legs in the picture on the right.
- Posted By: Chris McDonald
- Written by: Chris McDonald, UCCE Southern California
I kill weeds, I must admit. I was talking to my daughter about writing a weed blog for UC Cooperative Extension and asked her what I should say I do (kindergarteners have the best ideas). She replied, bluntly, “you kill weeds, daddy.” She’s right of course, and admitting that I treat invasive plants in a nefarious manner is the first step to progress. I kill weeds, but there is so much more to weed management then just killing weeds.
I kill weeds in natural areas or wildlands. Although it’s the same principles and methods as working in agricultural weed control, there is no monetary profit when managing vegetation in wildlands (the management budget is also small but I digress). The “profit” I see is increased...
- Posted By: Brad Hanson
- Written by: reposted from EBIPM.org and the Western Society of Weed Science
Reposting of an announcement for a Field School sponsored by the Western Society of Weed Science. This is not a UC Field School but may be of broad interest to western landmanagers fighting invasive weeds.
The informational flyer can be found here: http://sfc.smallfarmcentral.com/dynamic_content/uploadfiles/152/flyer%20for%20website.pdf
2011 EBIPM Field School - Park Valley, Utah
Sponsored by the Western Society of Weed...
- Posted By: Brad Hanson
- Written by: repost from Scientific American blog
An article was posted a couple days ago on the Scientific American blog in which the author deconstructed what she saw as common myths about organic agriculture. I thought I'd repost Christie Wilcox's article here "Mythbusting 101: Organic Farming > Conventional Agriculture"
In her article, she tries to play myth buster on:
Myth #1: Organic Farms Don't Use Pesticides
Myth #2: Organic Foods are Healthier
Myth #3: Organic...
- Author: Brad Hanson
Well, I survived my first turn as the chairperson for the annual UC Davis Weed Day and I thought it went very well. Perfect weather (80F in July in Yolo Co?) helped tremendously!
The 55th Annual Weed Day was held on July 14th, 2011 and we had one of the biggest turnouts in quite a while with just over 150 weed scientists, students, farmers, consultants, farmers, land managers, and regulators in attendance.
We started out the morning by loading up on three buses and visiting a series of field plots near Davis and at the research station.
1. My group had stop just off campus in an almond and walnut orchard where we...