2018 Crop Protection Guide for Tree Fruits in Washington

Pesticide Safety

Monday, March 19, 2018

Pesticide Labels

The label is a legal document. The user is required by law to use the pesticide in a manner consistent with label directions. If, for any reason, rates given in this Crop Protection Guide are not consistent with the label, you are still legally bound by label restrictions. There are some exceptions to this under current EPA definitions:

Section 2(ee) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and General Pesticide Rule WAC 16-228-1225 allow that a pesticide, under certain limited conditions that are not specified on a pesticide label, may be:

  • Applied at any dosage, concentration, or frequency less than that specified on the label (unless the label specifically prohibits such an application).
  • Applied against any target pest not specified on the label (unless EPA has required that the pesticide may be used only for the specified pests).
  • Applied by any method not prohibited by the label (unless the label specifically states the pesticide may be applied only by the methods specified on the label). Examples of methods include aerial, ground and airblast.
  • Mixed with another pesticide or a fertilizer (if not prohibited by the label).

It is ILLEGAL to apply pesticides 1) using less diluent (water), than on the label (increased concentration); 2) at a higher rate per acre than on the label; 3) shortening the specified interval between applications; or 4) shortening the preharvest interval (minimum number of days between the last application and crop harvest). In addition, chemigation must be specifically allowed by label language in order to take place.

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