Posted 09-15-2004 at 11:01:55
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I heard about an Illinois company that has developed a pink dye (call Glo Tell) that can be purchased and added to anhydrous ammonia (AA). Apparently the idea is to deter thieves from stealing the AA to make meth because they'll have pink all over them. The stuff is even visible under ultraviolet light up to 72 hours after it is washed off. And if they do steal it their meth is pink and not very good quality.
The dye costs $6 an ounce. They don't say how much is needed to get the real pink effect but I imagine it is a lot.
1) Is this a big enough problem that farmers would buy the dye?
2) Wouldn't the farmer get pink all over him/her by handling the AA during their normal fertilizing process?
3) Does this sound like a really expensive gimmick?
I don't use AA for anything nor do I know anyone that does so I am curious to hear what you all think about this dye.
Posted 09-15-2004 at 11:59:35
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I don't believe the FARMERS want the dye, it's drug enforcement that will penalize the farmers (with the high cost of the dye) to try to stop a horrible problem that they've otherwise been unable to deal with.
And, no, us farmers won't get the dye on ourselves, because the LAST THING a person (a non-druggie, anyhow) working with NH3 wants to do is get the *&%^ stuff on themselves. We wear gloves, and face protection, and follow procedures to purge hoses and connections of NH3 before working with them.
A SINGLE DROP of NH3 in the throat can paralyze respiration and kill you, not to mention the freeze-burn effect of the stuff, that boils at 20-something below zero!
To give you an idea of how much of this stuff a farmer has to handle, on my farm in ND, which, at 1280 acres is SMALL by today's standards, we have used as much as 40 TONS of NH3 in a single season.