New technique to reduce atrazine use unveiled

According to the Charleston Daily Mail, researchers at West Virginia University have found that applying atrazine between crop rows (as opposed to spraying it over an entire field) can cut the use atrazine by half, presumably with similar efficacy. It's a useful reminder that, amid increasingly shrill rhetoric from the agro-chemical industry, there are many concrete and relatively simple steps that farmers can take to reduce their pesticide use, which is good for both the environment and the health of the workers applying these chemicals.  NRDC described a few more of these techniques, such as delaying fertilizer application, in our reports on atrazine, which you can download here.

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