March is going as quickly as it came. Ever since I graduated college, time seems to be moving faster. Before we know it, April will be here and we’ll be rushing to plant the crops.
This year, St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday. Many of you may celebrate with green beer, corned beef and cabbage, or my husbands favorite; Reubens (even though they aren’t Irish!). St. Patrick’s Day is filled with everything green, gold and lucky!
To most, four-leaf clovers are a symbol of good luck. To farmers, any clover is a sign of poor weed management. There are over 250,000 species of plants worldwide. Three percent, or 8,000, of them are weeds. Many of these weeds can be major problems in growing our food supply. They take up valuable resources our crops need to grow and survive.
Much like how you may take steps in your garden to control weeds and pests, farmers use crop protection products (herbicides, insecticides, fungicides) to manage weeds and insects that can have a detrimental effect on their crops.
Farmers are extremely careful when applying these products, only using the regulated amount. Today, pesticides used for commercial use are much safer than those used in years past. In all cases, the use of these chemicals, whether synthetic or natural, is regulated by the EPA.
Without the use of crop protection products, overall food production would decline and many of the fruits and vegetables we enjoy in the store would be in short supply. Crop protection products can help improve crop yields, which helps keeps our food at stable prices in grocery stores. Something everyone can agree is a good thing.
Happy a safe and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
P.S. Don’t forget to wear green!