Stephen Meyers

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In the October 2019 issue of the Vegetable Crops Hotline, I referenced the new regulatory changes to herbicides containing the active ingredient paraquat. One of the new requirements is for closed system packaging. To quote the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): “New closed-system packaging (is) designed to prevent transfer or removal of the pesticide except directly into proper application equipment. This will prevent spills, mixing or pouring the pesticide into other containers or other actions that could lead to paraquat exposure.” Earlier this month I had a chance to see one of the ways chemical companies are complying with the new regulation. At the Weed Science Society of American Annual Meeting, Syngenta presented their closed packaging and transfer system. It contains a closed system cap that cannot be removed or opened by hand (Figures 1 and 2). In order to remove herbicide from the container, the cap must be connected to an[Read More…]


As the production season winds down there are two weed-related news items that producers should be aware of: New Requirements for Users of Paraquat Herbicide.  Paraquat dichloride is the active ingredient in products such as Gramoxone®, Devour®, Cyclone®, and Quik-Quat®. Earlier this year the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the following changes to paraquat requirements: Additional labeling requirements and the distribution of supplemental warning materials at the point-of-purchase are now required and highlight the toxicity and risks associated with paraquat products. Paraquat use is now restricted to certified applicators only. No longer can an uncertified handler use paraquat, even under the direct supervision of a certified applicator. Specialized, approved paraquat training is now required for anyone who will mix, load, apply, or handle paraquat. New, closed-system packaging will be used to prevent the transfer or removal of paraquat into unapproved containers or equipment. These changes were sparked by unnecessary deaths[Read More…]