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|Media Contact: Glenn Brank||November 15, 2006 (06-21)|
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DPR REPORTS 2005 PESTICIDE USE DATA; HIGHLY TOXIC CATEGORIES DOWN AGAIN
- As measured in pounds, the most used pesticides were sulfur, petroleum oils, metam-sodium, 1,3-dichloropropene (1,3-D), and mineral oil. Sulfur use increased by 7.3 million pounds (13 percent) and was the most highly used pesticide in 2005, both in pounds applied and acres treated. By pounds, sulfur accounted for 32 percent of all reported pesticide use. Sulfur is a natural fungicide favored by both conventional and organic farmers.
- Fumigant chemicals decreased in pounds applied from 2004 to 2005 (1 million pounds, 2.5 percent) and decreased in cumulative acres treated (54,000 acres, 14 percent). Use of about half of the major fumigants decreased in pounds but nearly all major fumigants decreased in acres treated.
- Pounds of reduced-risk pesticides increased by 630,000 pounds applied (60 percent) and by 2.4 million acres treated (39 percent).
- Crops that showed an overall increase in pesticide pounds applied from 2004 to 2005 included wine grapes (6 million pounds), oranges (2.7 million pounds), raisin and table grapes (1.8 million pounds), walnuts (1.2 million pounds), and almonds (1 million pounds). Major crops or sites with decreased pounds applied included rice (1.5 million pounds), fresh tomatoes (700,000 pounds), strawberries (420,000 pounds), and lemons (370,000 pounds).
- Pounds of all the higher risk pesticide categories, except for toxic air contaminants, decreased and use of all the lower risk pesticides increased. Acres treated with carcinogens and organophosphates increased, mostly because of increased use of the fungicides mancozeb and maneb and the insecticide chlorpyrifos.
- Chemicals classified as reproductive toxins decreased in pounds applied from 2004 to 2005 (2.1 million pounds or 8.8 percent) and decreased in cumulative acres treated (88,000 acres or 4.1 percent).
- Pounds of insecticide organophosphate and carbamate chemicals, which include compounds of high regulatory concern, continued to decline as they have for nearly every year since 1995.
- Chemicals categorized as toxic air contaminants, another group of pesticides of regulatory concern, remained nearly the same as in 2005 while cumulative acres treated increased by 220,000 (6.1 percent).