Issue No. 40 - Winter 2004

A few issues ago I wrote an article on pesticide free production (PFP), that is, not using pesticides on the crop during the growing season.

Fertilizer and a pre-seeding application of Roundup may be applied, but no in-crop herbicide or residual  herbicides can be used. There is hope that a market will develop for this product that, although it is not organic, does offer the consumer another option and provide the producer more flexibility. Weed control is attained with higher seeding rates and crop canopy. Even though a premium price would make pesticide free production much more attractive, let’s look at this option, even without a premium price. Can this still save the producer money at the end of the day? 

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