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Pesticides and Agricultural Soils

Farmers are invested in healthy soils because they want to grow vigorous crops to produce the most food they can. Pesticides have helped farmers boost production while maintaining healthy soils. Pesticides are used in agriculture to control weeds, insects and diseases. Many farms use integrated pest management techniques that minimize pesticide use.

When pesticides enter the soil environment, many things affect how long the pesticide will last and where it will go, including:

Pesticides in agriculture; what can you do?

If you have questions about this, or any pesticide-related topic, please call NPIC at 1-800-858-7378 (8:00am - 12:00pm PST Mon.-Fri.), or email us at npic@ace.orst.edu.

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Last updated November 15, 2017

Related Topics:

What are pests?

Learn about a pest

Identify a pest

Control a pest

Integrated Pest Management

What are pesticides?

Herbicides

Disinfectants

Fungicides

Insecticides

Natural and Biological Pesticides

Repellents

Rodenticides

Other types of pesticides

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