The first reporting of biotech pesticide use under the voluntary “Kauai Agricultural Good Neighbor Program” is now available on line at the state's data port.
Syngenta, Dow AgroSciences, BASF Plant Science and Dupont-Pioneer reported the quantity of each restricted use pesticide they used in the month of December 2013 and the total acreage to which it was applied.
For example, BASF applied 4.60 pounds of Lorsban to 5 acres, Dow applied 23.4 gallons of Paraquat-dichloride to 131.15 acres and Syngenta used 166.75 pounds of atrazine on 166.75 acres, among other things.
The reports do not specify where the pesticides were used, or anything about GMOs, as would be required under the county's new law. It's due to take effect in August, and the companies agreed to a much more limited voluntary disclosure in the meantime.
The voluntary guidelines also set a 100-foot buffer zone between application areas and schools, medical facilities and residential properties, which is less stringent than the new county law.