TABLE 2-3 Acreage and Amounts of Pesticides Applied to Major US Crops, 1997

Crop

Acresa

Herbicidesb

Insecticidesb

Fungicidesb

Other Pesticidesb

All Pesticidesb

Pounds per Acre

Corn

80,227

211,800

17,500

0

0

229,300

2.86

Cotton

13,808

29,200

19,300

900

18,500

67,900

4.92

Wheat

70,989

24,300

1,200

100

0

25,600

0.36

Soybeans

70,850

83,700

800

0

0

84,500

1.19

Potatoes

1,362

2,400

3,300

10,800

42,000

58,500

42.95

Other Vegetables

3,526

7,500

5,300

24,400

43,500

80,700

22.89

Citrus

1,150

450

5,500

4,000

1,100

11,050

9.61

Apples

453

900

3,300

6,000

100

10,300

22.74

Total

242,365

360,250

56,200

46,200

105,200

567,850

 

aIn thousands.

bIn thousands of pounds.

Source: Padgitt et al. 2000.



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