- Associated Press - Monday, April 4, 2016

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The state Department of Agriculture is reminding pesticide applicators of the risk of drift during this spraying season.

The agency says applicators should prevent risk to non-target areas or susceptible crops and evaluate factors such as wind speed and wind direction, temperature, spray pressure, nozzle height and surrounding properties.

Tom Gere is agronomy services manager. Gere says reading the label of a pesticide is one of the most important things applicators can do to get a job done safely. He says labels provide information about safe handling, rates and personal protective equipment, among other details.

Complaints about drift must be filed with the department within 30 days after damage occurs. If a growing crop is damaged, the complaint must be filed before 25 percent of the crop has been harvested.

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