Herbicide Residue Test
The Safe Soil UK Herbicide Residue Test takes in a number of acid herbicides.
Herbicides can be divided into two sub-groups: Selective herbicides are products used to kill unwanted vegetation while leaving whatever crop is being grown unharmed. Meanwhile, non-selective herbicides kill all plant life they come into contact with. Many are commonly used in agriculture as well as in the maintenance of turf in areas such as golf courses as well as locations adjacent to railroads and motorways. Some are toxic not just to plantlife but also soil organisms, animals and humans, and are alleged to have caused a number of health issues ranging from skin rashes and difficulty with breathing to various cancers and even death. Please note that results of this test will include levels of all the listed products and formulations below as well as a general description of herbicides but does NOT include “safe-for-use levels” of all the products because data on health impacts of many is not available. As far as impacts on plants, many are understood to have a zero target whereby the presence of any of these in any amount is likely to be deemed a problem in a growing space. The report also focuses on dicamba, a particularly potent herbicide that is also volatile, meaning it can waft onto areas rather far afield from its application in a phenomenon dubbed Dicamba Drift.
The full list of elements included in the Herbicide Residue Test is as follows:
- 3,5-Dichlorobenzoic acid (DBA)
- Dichlorprop (2,4-DP)
- Dinoseb (DNBP)
- Mecoprop (MCPP)
- 4-Chlorophenoxyacetic acid (4-CPA)
- Phenoxyacetic acid
- Phenoxybutyric acid
- Phenoxyproprionic acid
- Propanil (DCPA)
- DCPA diacid
We will send you a testing kit that includes a labeled soil sample amber jar and instructions on how to take a sample from your growing space. When you're done, place the full jar back in the box that will have a pre-paid postage address label already affixed, seal it and pop the package into a Royal Mail post box or drop it off at a local post office.