Cranberry industry., Cranberry Station (University of Massachusetts at Amherst), Chemicals and pesticides, Best Management Practices
Pesticide use is typically recommended as part of an overall management plan for controlling pests that cause crop damage or loss. Pesticide applications in Massachusetts are generally made through chemigation systems, by aerial applications, or by ground rig. Be sure your application system complies with both state and federal laws. It is a violation of Federal law to introduce pesticides into an irrigation system through the suction side of the pump.
Pesticides that may be used during the course of a growing season include herbicides, insecticides, miticides, and fungicides. Pesticides should be used within the context of an integrated pest management (IPM) program (refer to IPM BMP). Application of pesticides should always be conducted in a safe and legal manner.
WORKER PROTECTION STANDARDS (WPS) REGULATIONS REQUIRE: All workers involved in any aspect of handling, mixing and/or loading pesticides must be trained as a HANDLER or have a pesticide license.
MA LAW REQUIRES THAT ALL PERSONS APPLYING PESTICIDES IN A COMMERCIAL CAPACITY MUST HAVE A VALID PESTICIDE LICENSE.
Several types of licenses are available:
Applicator License. If you intend to do pesticide work using general use (non-restricted) pesticide for hire, you must obtain an applicator license.
Private Certification. If you intend to do pesticide work using restricted use pesticides on property owned or rented by you or your employer for the purpose of raising agricultural commodities, you must obtain a private certification. This is the license usually obtained by individuals working as farmers. Commercial Certification. If you intend to do pesticide work using restricted use pesticides for hire or not for hire (barter/volunteer) on someone else’s property, you must obtain a commercial certification.