Farmers often face backlash from consumers who fear pesticides. For those who might be concerned, there is good news coming out of the USDA, which regularly tests foods for residue and contaminants.
A new USDA report indicates more than 99 percent of fresh food tested below legal pesticide residue levels. Researchers examined more than 10,000 fresh and processed foods as part of the study.
Jay Vroom, president and CEO of CropLife America pointed out that consumers have more options today than ever before when it comes to purchasing food. He also said that farmers use a variety of modern technology, including advanced tractors, that help protect crops.
"Today's consumers can choose from food produced with a variety of farming methods and necessary crop protection strategies, and be confident that it will sustain and enrich their families' lives. Across the nation, our growers continue to use the most advanced crop protection technology available to target specific crop threads. From precision agriculture to integrated pest management, farmers in the heartland, the plains, coastal areas and everywhere in between are pushing forward with the best ways to produce food for their communities and for the country," said Vroom.
To ensure that you're only distributing the proper amount of pesticide on your crops, make sure you're using well maintained equipment. If you need replacement parts for your tractor visit our easy-to-use online hub. We connect potential buyers with sellers who provide replacement parts for tractors.