Farmers having persistent problem with drift

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The cloud of insecticide that drifted from a neighbor’s corn field onto the asparagus on Andrew and Melissa Dunham’s central Iowa farm cast a shadow over their organic vegetable business. They say the costs from the incident and resulting loss of organic certification on their asparagus patch for three years will reach about $74,000, and they’re now working with the sprayer’s insurance company. “We’re a certified organic farm — except for our asparagus,” Melissa Dunham lamented. Pesticide drift is a serious concern for organic farmers and they’ve come up with several defenses, such as buffer strips....

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