Whenever Neonicotinoid (neonic) insecticide applications are made to vegetable crops near waterways and other sensitive sites, growers and applicators should be aware of the potential for drift or runoff to these areas. Neonic insecticides have the potential to be carried off-site as well as adhere to soil particles and be transported in sediment moving off a field. If neonics move off-site, they could harm aquatic organisms so it’s always important to minimize any off-site movement. By taking a stewardship approach through the use of Best Management Practices (BMPs), the potential for drift or runoff can be minimized.
Stewardship BMPs are intended to reduce off-site movement to waterways and other sensitive sites. These practices along with product label directions can provide growers and applicators with the necessary tools to complete a successful spray application while avoiding off-site impacts.