Pollinator protection in_md-_howard (1)
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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KEEPING THE STING OUT OF POLLINATOR PROTECTION Senior Pesticide Managers Workshop April 24, 2012 Presented by Dennis Howard Maryland Department of Agriculture
Population: 5,633,597Land Area: 9,774 Sq. MilesLand in Farm Acres: 2,035,000Farms: 12,000Average Farm Size: 170 AcresReg.Bee Colonies: 10,011
In the mid and late 1980’sMaryland beekeepersexperienced several beekills that resulted from useof Penncap-M, a microencapsulated formulationof methyl parathion.At that time, theEnvironmental HazardStatements on the productlabel did not provideadequate protection forbees.
Bees foraging oncrops treated withPenncap-M pickedup the Microcapsules and tookthem back to theirhives, where it killedthe majority, if not allof the bees in thehives.
PESTICIDE DRIFT Historically, Maryland has experienced a number of bee kills due to bees foraging on crops that had been treated with the pesticide product Sevin (Carbaryl) or, to crops where Sevin had drifted on crops where bees were foraging.
OBJECTIVETo provide pesticide applicators withgeographic information that will assistthem in locating sensitive crops andcommodities before applying pesticides sothey can take appropriate precautions toreduce the risk of off-target movement ofpesticides and possible exposure andharm to non-target crops/commodities andhabitat.