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post #21 of 34 Old 07-09-2013, 06:59 PM
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Not likely too on a still day but that's a question you should really ask of Monsanto who own Roundup
This is a link to their web page - you will find a contact link on there
These people are usually very helpful despite the bad press they get.
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Ok but next year, he might be spraying something different. how high would the trees have to be to keep the drift away? would 30 ft be enough? There is a cow pasture about a mile from us. There are fields surrounding it and I have never seen a cow get hurt/sick even though there are planes spraying the fields beside there alot.

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also, there is a ditch right beside the field and there is grass and weeds, etc. growing in it. does that mean that there isnt any drift because the weeds arent dead?
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If he's spraying Roundup then yes - all the weeds, plants and grass it comes into contact with will be dead. Only the GM crops would be unaffected
Don't forget farmers also spray insecticides and fungicides.
All these things have to be rigorously tested for effects on livestock - though the life expectancy of a meat animal isn't long the flesh gets tested for residues as does milk.
Unless you are planning on getting full grown trees carted in - expensive job - its going to take a long time for anything you plant to reach the height you're talking about.
I think conifers are maybe about the fastest growing to give good density
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We have trees every where but they are tall. The trees by the drylot have dense fiolage on the top. It's just that at the bottom there's nothing but tree trunks and waist high grass. If I plant fast growing shrubs there it should be so dense you cant see through. conifers sound good too. we have several young ones growing in our wooded area. might as well put them to use. dense trees would also act as a windbreak.

I noticed dandelions growing on the edge of the field but not among the soybeans so I guess there wasnt any drift.
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would roundup kill trees?!
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would roundup kill trees?!
RoundUp will kill (or damage) anything green if you put enough on. If you haven't seen any damage in 7-10 days, you're ok.
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The small amount you'd get from drift isn't likely to do anything more than cause a bit of 'burnt' appearance to the leaves. If applied around the base of trees its wise to make a barrier of some sort to protect the trunk - the Roundup itself wont kill the tree but it does have the potential to damage the bark which can then open the door to health problems that can eventually kill the tree
If the farmer did spray close enough to your trees to cause significant damage that could kill them you'd be entitled to compensation to replant - and he'd me more careful in future.
The majority of farmers are very conscientious people and farming doesn't deserve the bad press it gets from some corners.
Certainly in the UK we owe what beautiful countryside we have left to the good management of the farming community
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The small amount you'd get from drift isn't likely to do anything more than cause a bit of 'burnt' appearance to the leaves. If applied around the base of trees its wise to make a barrier of some sort to protect the trunk - the Roundup itself wont kill the tree but it does have the potential to damage the bark which can then open the door to health problems that can eventually kill the tree
If the farmer did spray close enough to your trees to cause significant damage that could kill them you'd be entitled to compensation to replant - and he'd me more careful in future.
The majority of farmers are very conscientious people and farming doesn't deserve the bad press it gets from some corners.
Certainly in the UK we owe what beautiful countryside we have left to the good management of the farming community
We have lived on that property for 5 yrs and we never had any trees damaged by pesticides. The farmer is always carefull where he sprays and he's very friendly and open about what he sprays. We have tall grass between the trees next to the field so if what he's spraying hasnt killed the grass, it prbably wont kill the trees. And he doesnt spray when there is alot of wind or the wind is coming toward us. So if I get a barrier of trees Should I still worry about something?
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From what you say and describe I don't think so
I would stable the horses while he's spraying and for a few hours afterwards - but these sprays are designed to end up on the crop as quickly as possible for maximum coverage and effectiveness so wont hang around in the air for very long - again - questions like that are best aimed at the Tech people for the company who own the product
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