Foiled Again!

It has happened to us all -- plans were coming together beautifully and then one trifling detail derails the whole operation. You get to the deer stand on opening day of hunting season and you realize that you left the ammunition (and/or lunch) on the roof of the truck – before you left home. Or, you get halfway to the lake for a rare and highly valued fishing venture with eager youngsters and a quick glance in the review mirror reveals that (for whatever reason) the boat is not there. Years later, you laugh (or not). Farmers are used to getting foiled and generally expect the unexpected: things break, animals get sick, employees don’t show up on time, and weather fails to be optimal. One less common but no less frustrating way that plans can get spoiled is related to pesticide and those bothersome ‘replanting restrictions’ that accompany herbicides. For example, you might want to rotate a corn field to grass for a few years, but you discover that the labels from last year’s herbicide cocktail says you can’t! The herbicide label details which crops can be planted and when following the application of a particular pesticide. These restrictions are not recommendations; they are the law. Why it is the law can be related to potential harm to subsequent crops caused by persistent herbicide activity, or it can be related to known or unknown issues related to pesticide residues that could make a crop unfit for human or livestock consumption. The simplest question

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