[NAFEX] Herbicide drift on food crops

Road's End Farm organic87 at frontiernet.net
Wed Jul 29 22:09:57 EDT 2009

On Jul 29, 2009, at 3:52 PM, akmanty wrote:

> The produce was Vessel.  Peas, radish, grapes especially showed
> signs.  Rest of garden is a "guess" at best, though it was
> windy.  Product specialist says if any chance of spray drift, don't
> eat, including potatoes, carrots, etc. down in the ground; also wait
> 30 days before replanting; not too likely in our climate.  Anyone
> have similar experience or opinions re:  eating the food; long term
> effects?  Thank you
> Karen, WI  zone 5

Did you ask for this stuff to be used on your property? If not, the  
applicator was not behaving in accordance with their license. I have no  
experience with the particular chemical; but found the lable info  
searching online. This appears to be a danger-label (highest level of  
hazard on labels: levels are caution, warning, and danger) restricted  
use herbicide not intended for use on anything for consumption, and not  
supposed to be sold to or used by anyone not licensed to do so.

I would call both EPA (or WI's version of NY DEC) and/or the applying  
company and notify them of the problem; at least, unless you asked to  
have adjacent lawn treated with this, in which case I'd probably just  
call the applying company.

Stay out of the area for 48 hours, unless wearing protective gear (see  
label instructions, link below).

If you have pets, consult with your veterinarian, especially if they  
were in the area during the drift or within the 48 hours.

If the specialist says don't eat the stuff, I wouldn't eat the stuff;  
at least not without a lot more research.

Despite the 48 hour re-entry and the danger label, it does appear to be  
legal to use Vessel on residential lawns, as long as it's applied by  
professionals. I'd a lot rather have weeds, myself.

Product information here: (this is the HTML version according to  
Google; if you google "Vessel herbicide" the PDF version should pop up  
in the first few results). 

Finger Lakes NY; zone 5 mostly
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