Setting the Record Straight on Glyphosate Application

The agvocates of the web have been very vocal in debunking an article that claimed wheat farmers  “drench” their crops in herbicides before harvest as an industry standard practice. This, of course, is not a standard practice, and farmers that do spray herbicides before harvest are hardly drenching their fields with chemicals.

Not only have farmers and agricultural organizations disputed this article, The Celiac Disease Foundation has also challenged the report, which claims that glyphosate residues are responsible for the increase in celiac disease.

Herbicides have undergone extensive testing which proves they are safe for the applicator, the environment and the consumer when used according to the directions. Pesticide application is overseen by the Environmental Protection Agency, which has stringent requirements and regulations. Chemicals are also expensive, so in addition to complying with application instructions and federal regulations, farmers also apply the minimum amounts necessary in order to control their costs.

Brett Blankenship, the Vice President of the National Association of Wheat Growers, and a wheat farmer himself, gives a farmer’s perspective of herbicide use in the video below.

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4 Responses to Setting the Record Straight on Glyphosate Application

  1. Great post. It’s easy for consumers to be scared by these false claims because most don’t have a personal connection to production ag. All the more reason for us to continue to share the truth!

    • Robin W.L. says:

      Thank you for your comment. Yes, it’s important for us all to think clearly when we hear hysteria from the media, and use good sources for our information, so that we can make science based decisions of our own. -Robin

  2. Mary Chown says:

    Interesting rebuttal. Of course glyphosate is a very valuable and useful chemical when used according to manufacturers recommendations. It can be expensive and most applicators I know use it sparingly in controlling overhead costs for their crops. I believe the practice of “drenching” is an example of a seldom used and abusive practice of misusing the chemical in order to achieve a drying effect on wheat when environmental conditions have prevented the natural drying process prior to harvest. As usual, it is those abusive few who create situations that the majority of producers frown on as unethical. Where are the statistics to back up these drenching practice claims? How many? How often? Where? Which grain depots accept crops testing positive for such high residues? I would appreciate reviewing solid scientific proof of contamination to American grain reserves when presented with chemical hysteria.

    • Robin W.L. says:

      Hi Mary, Thank you for your comments and thoughts on the claim about farmers across America drenching their crops prior to harvest. We deal with many farmers in the Northwest, and rarely, if ever, do we hear of any single one spraying Roundup in order to kill or dry their crop in preparation for harvest. With that said, we will pay attention to articles and commentary on this subject, and let you know if there’s further information on this. -Robin. P.S. Happy and safe travels!

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