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Author(s):Slife, F. W.
Author Affiliation:Department of Agronomy, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois
Title:Coordinating state information with the labeling of turf herbicides
Section:Weed control in turf
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Meeting Info.:St. Paul, Minnesota: December 3-5, 1962
Source:Proceedings: Nineteenth Annual Meeting: North Central Weed Control Conference. 1962, p. 58.
Publishing Information:[Lincoln, Nebraska]: [North Central Weed Science Society]
# of Pages:1
Abstract/Contents:"The interest in turf herbicides has risen to such a degree that it is now a major market for herbicides. The potential market for turf herbicides is so high that herbicide usage on turf could be more important than some of the older established herbicide outlets. In spite of this optimism, the turf herbicide market is one that we should be extremely cautious with. Turf owners in general have little concept of the use of pesticides. They can be amazingly inaccurate in application procedures. They have little or no concept of soil residues, drift, or other herbicide problems. It is for these reasons that the labels going on turf herbicides are extremely important. It would appear that some of our turf herbicide manufacturers are more interested in meeting the label requirements on the federal and state level rather than looking closely at research information obtained in their own companies or at experiment stations. There are several turf herbicides now being sold that have less than 2X safety factor on turf and yet from the labels this not emphasized to any great degree. A more specific example is a new compound for broadleaf weed control in turf. This compound looks excellent for many species not well controlled with 2,4-D and turf tolerance appears good. Research has shown, however, that many of its close chemical relatives have extremely long soil residue. These relatives can injure trees, shrubs, and other desirable plants. Wouldn't it be simpler and safer to be certain that this compound does not cause problems before we put it on the market? I know of no workers in experiment stations who are not interested in new ways to control weeds. They like to keep abreast of new developments and appreciated being informed on the status of new compounds. Some do not like to see new herbicides appear on the market that they have not had the opportunity to see or even hear about. They are in little position to answer a home owner's complaint about injury or failure to control weeds. It would seem logical that if manufacturers are going to continue the trend of speeding up the flow of highly specialized turf herbicides to the consumers, they must take greater responsibility in educating the public on how to use them. I am sure that those of us who are interested in turf herbicides are concerned that if the public is not educated to use these compounds properly, we may have more regulations restricting the use of them."
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Slife, F. W. 1962. Coordinating state information with the labeling of turf herbicides. Proc. North Cent. Weed Sci. Soc. p. 58.
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