The Fisher Delta Research Center and Missouri Department of Natural Resources teamed together for a highly effective pesticide collection event last year in Portageville, Mo.
Nearly 29,700 pounds of chemicals were collected during last year’s event, which was the most in MDNR’s Pesticide Collection Program’s history.
This year’s event was even more successful.
Nearly 32,700 pounds were collected on Saturday, March 12.
“When MDNR first contacted us about co-hosting a pesticide drop-off at our Research Center, it seemed like a great fit to offer a service to the surrounding area,” said Trent Haggard, Fisher Delta Research Center superintendent.
There were 22 participants this year – compared to 37 last year; however, MDNR received three times as many totes this year. Most were completely full, weighing in at 2,000 pounds each.
“The Fisher Delta Research Center directly serves the hyper-productive agricultural area of the Missouri bootheel,” Haggard said. “When we roll, we roll hard and fast, being that large totes are used more and more by the producers. So it only seems natural that we also use totes as storage devices for our unused ag inputs.”
The pesticide collection event allows farmers to bring in and dispose of several chemicals, including pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, rodenticides, fertilizers containing herbicides or pesticides, and de-wormers and fly-tags.
Disposing of chemicals in the correct manner is critical for farmers. If unattended, those chemicals can find their way into groundwater, streams and rivers.
MDNR will have three more pesticide collection events this year, in Canton, Montgomery City and Bolivar.