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Pesticide Use in U.S. Agriculture: 21 Selected Crops, 1960-2008
Jorge Fernandez-Cornejo (au); Richard Nehring (au); Craig Osteen (au); Seth Wechsler (au); Andrew Martin (au); Alex Vialou (au)
Pesticide use has changed considerably over the past five decades. The total quantity of pesticides applied to the 21 crops analyzed grew from 196 million pounds of pesticide active ingredients in 1960 to 632 million pounds in 1981. Improvements in the types and modes of action of active ingredients applied along with small annual fluctuations resulted in a slight downward trend in pesticide use to 516 million pounds in 2008. These changes were driven by economic factors that determined crop and input prices and were influenced by pest pressures, environmental and weather conditions, crop acreages, agricultural practices (including genetically engineered crops), access to land-grant extension personnel and crop consultants, the cost-effectiveness of pesticides and other practices in protecting crop yields and quality, technological innovations in pest management, and environmental and health regulations. The report also discusses emerging pest management policy issues. Tables and figures. This is a print on demand report.
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