With summer crop production in full swing, pesticide spray drift can cause damage to neighboring property owners, but they aren’t without recourse, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist.
“‘Tis the season for application of pesticides to increase throughout Texas,” said Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, agricultural law specialist in Amarillo. “It is important for landowners to understand the rules and to know what to do before applying pesticides or in the event they suffer damages due to spray drift.
For farmers preparing to apply pesticides, following the rules is key, Lashmet said. “The label is the law, and it is critical that applicators strictly follow label requirements.” Additionally, applicators should be familiar with all Texas Department of Agriculture rules for spraying in their location, she said. Keeping accurate logs and records is extremely important for all applicators.
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