Happy 4th Day of National Farm Health and Safety week! Today, we will be talking about chemicals used in agriculture and how to use them safely and effectively. Chemicals may be intimidating and sound a little scary to new users, but with a little research and a lot of caution, they can be great tools!
3 Major Commercial Fertilizers
When used correctly and safely, these chemicals can help increase crop size and production making themselves very useful.
Nitrogen – Commonly used as a plant nutrient to grow taller grass (lawn fertilizer)
Phosphate – Used directly at planting to promote root formation
Potash – Used in fall and spring as a pesticide to help plants and crops resist pests and disease
What are “Agrichemicals” and why are they dangerous?
Agrichemicals are agricultural chemicals that can be purchased in different forms: liquid, powder, granules, and pellets. Many of them require farmers to complete chemical training in order to purchase them. This is because they can be so harmful and without proper usage, can harm a farmer.
Unwanted exposure to agrichemicals without proper protection can cause a variety of problems including headaches, respiratory illnesses, burns, and birth defects. Some, like headaches, are minor, but some can be major and harm future generations. There are many portions of safety that go into agrichemicals. Besides usage, storage, transportation, and disposal are three very important factors of safety that must also be considered.
Storage – Do not remove labels from chemicals and always follow manufacturer directions of storage
Transportation – Transport separately from other farm supplies and edibles
Disposal – Always follow manufacturer instructions for safe disposal and triple rinse any containers if intending to reuse them.
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