Help, the cane fields around are going to be aerial sprayed with 24d !!!
Wednesday, 18 Apr 12 Cloudy 31°C / 88°F
We received a phone call from the local airfield to notify us that as soon as the weather conditions are right the cane field across the road from us will be aerial sprayed and that we are within the drift path. The roadway – basically one car width and perhaps a metre or two of grass is all that separates us from the cane field.
My husband took the call, and had the foresight to ask just what was going to be sprayed – 24d broadleaf herbicide. Being an ecologist he voiced his concerns rather heartily, but unfortunately this horrific herbicide with a statistical correlation pointing towards it being a carcinogen, has not been outlawed here.
Every time the cane fields further away are sprayed I’ve had pawpaws (papayas) in my garden die. On these occasions we were not supposed to be in the drift path but a safe distance from the spraying. The only pawpaw that ever survived did so only by my going outside and throwing buckets of water over the plant once the plane left. I also have not been informed in the past when spraying would take place or what chemical was being used as there is no legal requirement to do so here unless the house is within the drift path. We have only been notified this time because we are likely to be covered in the stuff!
We plan on closing all the doors and windows and not being home at the time. However, as 24d is a broadleaf herbicide I expect that most of my garden will suffer rather badly. I’m not sure how many hours can pass before damage starts, and if I have to go into Ingham with my husband that day I won’t get back until after 4pm when he finishes work. Spraying usually starts around 6 or 7 in the morning. I’ll get out the hose and drench everything as soon as I get home, but I am concerned, for the plants, our health and that of the ducks. I’ll have to flush out their pond completely and upturn all water dishes.
Any suggestions to help the garden to survive.
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