Sunday, July 17, 2011

NO GO FOR SPRAY ACTIVITIES TODAY

Due to the anticipated rain this morning and wind speeds for the rest of the day: The weather conditions as recorded for today MAY NOT permit pesticide spray activities in the St. Johns area.

Weather conditions in the St. Johns area can swiftly change, monitor weather conditions closely throughout the day.

If you see anyone spraying pesticides in today's conditions please report the activity.

Current Conditions
 
Fog
14 °C

Observed at:
St. John's Int'l Airport
Date:
6:16 AM NDT Sunday 17 July 2011

  • Condition:
    Fog
     
    Pressure:
    101.5 kPa
     
    Tendency:
    falling
     
     
    Visibility:
    10 km
     
    Air Quality Health Index:
    2
     


  • Temperature:
    13.9°C
     
    Dewpoint:
    11.8°C
     
    Humidity:
    86 %
     
    Wind:
    W 8 km/h
     













Mainly cloudy. 60 percent chance of showers or drizzle this morning. Wind becoming southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 this morning. High 19. UV index 7 or high.

Tip of the day:


Corn gluten meal as a herbicide


Corn gluten meal is a by-product of processing corn to make corn starch and corn syrup. In addition to its use as an herbicide, it is used as food for cows, cats, dogs, fish, and poultry. Corn gluten meal is about 10 percent nitrogen so it's also a good natural fertilizer.

Corn gluten meal works as a herbicide by preventing sprouting seeds from developing normal roots. This does not directly kill the seedlings, but makes them susceptible to dehydration if the soil gets dry. Established plants are not affected.

The developing roots of a number of common weeds are affected by corn gluten meal: crabgrass, creeping bentgrass, smart weed, dandelions, redroot bigweed, purslane, lambsquarter, foxtail, barnyard grass, and Bermuda grass. Crabgrass is a common target of corn gluten meal products.

Corn gluten meal is typically applied to lawns with a spreader at a rate of 12 to 20 pounds of corn gluten meal be applied per 1000 square feet of lawn. Typical recommendations also suggest two applications per year, the first one in the spring and a second one in the fall.

To successfully kill weeds with corn gluten meal, timing is crucial. Remember that corn gluten meal needs to be applied when weed seeds are sprouting. Corn gluten meal suppliers recommend a spring application when two weeks before the first crocus because these flowers bloom at the same time that some common weeds germinate. 

Learn more

Current provincial weather regulations:
-Wind must be between 2 and 15 km/hr for ground applications
-Winds must be between 2 and 10km/hr for trees taller than 3meters
-Air Temperature must be below 25oC
-It must not raining nor is rain anticipated over the next 2hour period
-The relative humidity must be above 50%
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My Past Articles

More enforcement needed for pesticide spray regulations
The Western Star (Corner Brook) - Final - 10-01-2002 - 413 words
Karen Griffin - Judie Squires says someone needs to patrol the companies that spray residential areas for pesticides because she's observed nine violations of the Environmental Protection Act in her Paradise neighborhood alone


Spray woes: Province falling down on monitoring pesticides
The Telegram (St. John's) - Final - 10-01-2002 - 253 words
Judie Squires - environment to become poisoned? A temporary ban on all residential pesticides has to be put into place, to protect us, our wildlife and our environment as a whole. Judie Squires Paradise


Government lax on cosmetic pesticide regulation: advocate
The Telegram (St. John's) - 08-28-2004 - 613 words
Stokes Sullivan, Deana - Despite increased awareness about adverse health effects from pesticides, Judie Squires, a member of the Pesticide Working Group of Newfoundland and Labrador, isn't optimistic the province will ban cosmetic use


Woman doesn't expect cosmetic pesticide ban any time soon
The Western Star (Corner Brook) - 08-30-2004 - 712 words
Stokes Sullivan, Deana - Despite increased awareness about adverse health effects from pesticides, Judie Squires, a member of the Pesticide Working Group of Newfoundland and Labrador, isn't optimistic that the province will ban the


Province lagging behind in pesticide control
The Telegram (St. John's) - 09-04-2005 - 496 words
Squires, Judie - it to do is to prohibit the cosmetic use of synthetic pesticides altogether in order to protect our citizens and the environment. Judie Squires writes from Portugal Cove-St. Philip's


The two sides to pesticide use
The Telegram (St. John's) - 07-16-2006 - 781 words
Judie Squires - health of your families. When Canada's most respected health authorities tell us pesticides threaten our health, we should all be listening. Judie Squires writes from Portugal Cove-St. Philip's


Inquiry implicates BTk
The Telegram (St. John's) - 06-24-2006 - 353 words
DEANA STOKES SULLIVAN - of trees. The live spores can be inhaled by humans and animals exposed to BT. Judie Squires, secretary of the Northeast Avalon Group of the Sierra Club, says despite claims that


Delayed pesticide laws 'disappointing'
The Telegram (St. John's) - 06-24-2006 - 833 words
DEANA STOKES SULLIVAN - at the end of this year. These products will only be sold to certified dealers. Judie Squires, secretary of the newly formed Northeast Avalon Group of the Sierra Club, isn't


Above Articles available through Trancontinental Newsnet

Time for provincial lawn pesticide regulation
The Telegram (St. John's) - 03-14-2009 - 419 words
pesticides. Please join me in lobbying our province for a pesticide ban Judie Squires Portugal Cove...

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