Storage of pesticides seen as a solution to disposal

Hidden away from harm, labels peel from sixty white jugs lined up along a shelf.

Farmers are forced to store unused pesticides of various types and quantities while disposal regulations are unclear.

“I don’t know where I could dispose of them. If I could, I would recycle them. Let me know when you find out,” said Charles Parker, National Cotton Council chairman.

One option for farmers is to use the left over pesticides from years past in this years application. But some pesticides are unusable and cannot be applied.

“You can’t dump them,” Parker said.

Several methods of pesticide disposal are being researched at the University of Missouri by advisees under Dave Brune, an Agriculture Systems Management professor.

These methods if environmentally safe, could provide easy disposal solutions for farmers.

-Claire Friedrichsen
Edited by Cara

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