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Round-up or what?
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Renee    Posted 02-10-2003 at 03:14:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Do any of you know what a farmer would be spraying on his fields this time of year? On the snow.
The reason I ask is---
I just moved here and I'm surrounded by this big field. A week ago Saturday, the farmer was spraying some kind of liqued on his field. I noticed, and then forgot about it. That night I went to a birthday party, and when I came home noticed that I had a sore throat.
I thought, "I hope I didn't pick up some kind of flue bug." I've been sick ever since. But I don't think it is the flue. No muscle ackiness, a little fever, no intestinal problems. But a couple days of severe headach, and my sinus's are all messed up.
I'm allergic to all kinds of chemicals. So 3 or 4 days later, I remember the farmer spraying.
My house is only about 20 ft. from his field, also the garden. Another neighbor said that one year, the spray killed his garden. I don't know how that we can get away from all of the poisens.
Since I'm new to the neighborhood, I hate to complain, but I think I will ask him to tell me next time, so I can leave the house. And maybe in the summer get some big pieces of plastic and cover my garden.
Any other suggestions?
And back to my original question, does any one know what he would have been spraying?
I thought the weeds would be growing before they spray herbicide.


Farmwench    Posted 02-13-2003 at 12:10:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Is this a dairy farm? If so, it was probably a manure slurry being sprayed. Or a slurry from a municipal sewage treatment, as someone else suggested. (But I think most treated sewage is applied as a solid these days- at least it is here, now.) Wait until you get more info before you assume the farmer's spraying caused your symptoms. Good luck.

Ludwig    Posted 02-10-2003 at 08:59:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
It didn't leave brown marks on the snow did it?

Liquified manure or or sludge from a municipal sewage plant can be spread in the winter in some places...

Salmoneye    Posted 02-10-2003 at 09:12:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Cheese Whey used to be big here in the winter...but you should smell that coming...

Berry    Posted 02-10-2003 at 05:21:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I'd guess fertilizer and probably not your sore throat problem. That's more likely dry air from your furnace, or the common cold, but you could politely ask the farmer. Get to know your neighbor, like in the old days.

Les    Posted 02-10-2003 at 04:00:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Probably some kind of pre-emergent herbicide. Maybe fertilizer.
Did you ever think of asking him?

Salmoneye    Posted 02-10-2003 at 03:20:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Here in VT the farmers can't even spread manure in the winter anymore...

bill b va    Posted 02-10-2003 at 05:40:19       [Reply]  [No Email]

the polititian sure can

bob    Posted 02-10-2003 at 18:36:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
I would ask him nicely. A neighbor let company dump mollass sediment out of tanks never told anyone what it was asked him and dnr said was allright but this summer he let contractor dump asbestoes. This is a no no if comes from commerical bld but if from only one house it is okay in Iowa. Don,t agree but will not hire lawayer. Have them stopped for now Nothing should be laid on ground untill it is proven not toxic

Renee    Posted 02-13-2003 at 16:48:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks everybody, for your advice. And if I talk to him, I will be nice. I won't even ask him to stop. He has to farm, his way. but I will ask him to inform me before he sprays, so I can leave, cover up my plants, or whatever is necassary.

It wasn't liguid manure. It was clear, and didn't leave any brown in the snow.
And like you say, it might not even been the spray. My throat is better, but my sinus's are sure messed up. But thank God, I'm feeling better.


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