Spray Drift


Pesticide spray drift is defined by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as “the physical movement of a pesticide through air at the time of application or soon after, to any site other than that intended for application.” When a pesticide drifts into an area off-site, it can often cause unintended damages.

When applying pesticides, the application instructions listed on the label are not a suggestion, they are the law and therefore legally enforceable. Commercial and private applicators can be fined up to $500 for every drift claim by the Iowa Department of Agricultural and Land Stewardship. They can also revoke or suspend the applicator’s license.