Today, the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) interim registration decision for glyphosate.
NAWG president and Lavon, Texas, farmer, Ben Scholz, made the following statement:
“Glyphosate has been on the market for more than 40 years (1974 initial registration) and has passed multiple scientific reviews in each of its over 100 registered countries. It is one of the most rigorously reviewed products with one of the most extensive worldwide human health, safety and environmental databases ever compiled for a crop protection product.
“Glyphosate is an exceptional product for wheat growers because of its ability to effectively control a broad spectrum of plants post-emergent. Rather than using tillage to eliminate emerged weeds in their fields prior to planting, growers, instead, apply a labeled treatment of glyphosate to the weed growth.
“According to USDA, conservation tillage practices are used by wheat growers on 67 percent of wheat acres in 2017, up from under 40 percent in 2004. Reducing tillage trips across the field is a conservation practice known to have a positive impact on the growers’ ability to produce a quality crop over a wide variation of climatic conditions.
“Conservation practices preserve the environment and improve soil health, sustaining the long-term viability of the farming operation. This would not be possible without the use of glyphosate.
“NAWG supports the U.S. Government regulatory system to ensure that crop protection tools are safe for grower use, farm worker use, and that any residue found on food is safe for human consumption, including consumption by children. Farmers work hard to produce a high quality, safe product for their consumers.
Understanding and following the strict requirements of the pesticide label is a part of the proper management of a grower’s operation, which also protects their workers, their communities, themselves and their consumers.”