|WINE EXECUTIVE NEWS |Railroads can be bad neighbors for vineyards say 5 pesticide incidents in Sonoma & Contra Costa Counties | March 13, 2018
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March 13, 2018
Railroads can be bad neighbors for vineyards say 5 pesticide incidents in Sonoma & Contra Costa Counties
Pesticide over-spray errors from railway right-of-way weed treatment pose a very real danger to vineyards, orchards and other crops according to five recent North Bay damage reports. The reports come from the Agricultural Commissioner and Superior Court in Contra Costa County, the Sonoma County Agricultural Commissioner and the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR).
Those reports include:
- Four wine grape vineyard complaints in Contra Costa County (two of which are also the subject of lawsuits) against BNSF Railway and its contractors, and,
- A fine affirmed on appeal at the state level for a Northern Pacific Railroad contractor whose over-spray damaged a wine grape vineyard in the Healdsburg area.
There may be more over-spray BNSF cases because the BNSF rail line runs directly from the affected vineyards through farmland to Stockton.
However, the San Joaquin County Agricultural Commissioner has not replied to Wine Industry Insight requests for information. BNSF's rail line from Contra Costa County to Stockton connects with a major BNSF line which runs most of the length of the Central Valley .
BNSF did not respond to our request for comment. In addition, the California Association of Winegrape Growers did not respond to our email asking if they tracked these sorts of incidents.
One Contra Costa County vineyard lawsuit was reported by WII in January.
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Also in this issue:
Contractor in Healdsburg vineyard over-spray tries (and fails) to blame damage on others
DPR affirms Sonoma Ag Commission decision
Knightsen Complaint similar to Mulehead/Oakley
Imazapyr, Flumioxazin and Glyphosate Over-Spray
Two More Contra Costa Vineyards hit
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Oakley (Mulehead) Complaint - Contra Costa County
Northern Pacific Railroad - Sonoma County
Knightsen Complaint - Contra Costa County
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