Prodiamine accidentally spread in vegetable garden

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by danielb, May 13, 2013.

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  1. danielb

    danielb LawnSite Member
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    One of my employees accidentally spread some of the Prodiamine that he was applying to my customer's lawn in the customer's vegetable garden, which was recently planted with lettuce and other greens. (He was riding too close to the garden apparently.) Do I need to tell my customer not to eat the produce of the garden and to remove the contaminated garden soil?
     
  2. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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    I believe I just answered a similar question. A REAL PROFESSIONAL WOULDN'T HAVE TO ASK THIS QUESTION. I won't blame you so much as the State Pesticide Licensing Agency that gave you a Pesticide License with no or Limited Training. It is not my job to train you, so I am not going to answer your question Because I just answered a Question Just like Yours.

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  3. georgialawn88

    georgialawn88 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    jesus christ.....
     
  4. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Platinum Member
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    You need to tell your client that an error was made in the application. I'm sure you would appreciate the same courtesy. Own up to mistakes, it is the honest thing to do.
     
  5. danielb

    danielb LawnSite Member
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    Of course I owned up. I have already told my customer what happened. My question is whether or not there is a health concern. Can the produce be consumed or does it need to be discarded and does the soil need to be removed?
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  6. Boaz

    Boaz LawnSite Member
    from Georgia
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    What does it say on the bag??
     
  7. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    The label on the bag says "Not for vegetables"... who knows what the MSDS says... :)
     
  8. PamlicoLawnCare

    PamlicoLawnCare LawnSite Member
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    The produce should not be consumed due to the possibility of illegal residues.

    The discarded plant matter from the garden should not be fed to any livestock as illegal residues could result.

    As for the soil, that could be handled a couple of different ways.

    The prodiamine in the soil will eventually break down from the aerobic activity in the soil as well as leaching, but there are too many variables involved to accurately determine how long that will take (i.e. temperature, rainfall, amount of product originally sprayed, etc...).

    You could ask the homeowner not to plant anything in the sprayed area for the remainder of the year but that might not go over to well with the homeowner.

    The alternative would be to remove the affected soil.
     
  9. aaronmg

    aaronmg LawnSite Senior Member
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    This needs a test! Is prodiamine a good salad dressinig? I'll personally take mine without....
     
  10. ChuckPMi

    ChuckPMi LawnSite Member
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    The label says, in part, "Nursery, landscape, or non-crop land areas treated with PRODIAMINE 65 WDG should be
    rotated only to ornamental species listed on this label for 1 year following application unless the following test has shown species safety:

    This means your customer will be buying his lettuce at the store for the next two years.
     

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