Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: South Central Washington State
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I know a lot of guys who won't spray paraquat since they heard that drinking a teaspoon of it will kill you (I guess they didn't know you aren't supposed to drink it).
However out of all the farming accidents we have had around our area, exactly zero have been related to chemicals (and if there were, it would be due to mishandling/not following the label). My Dad just smashed the heck out of his right hand while moving a small landscape trailer. The things that will hurt you in this business are the little jobs that you never think twice about. While I know of several farmers who won't spray "dangerous" chemicals, these same guys have no problem riding a three wheeler 45mph in a rough pasture with no helmet while talking on a cell phone.
We have alfalfa so we have sprayed about every insecticide out there. The potato guys have to use even hotter stuff (Check out the US label for Mocap). Use caution, common sense, and the proper PPE and you'll be just fine. In the end it's all your farm and your choice of what to do. But I see no reason to limit yourself with information based on vague opinions and unfounded concerns. This job has enough real worries, lets not make any more of them.
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