Pesticide Recordkeeping Tips

Under the SC Pesticide Control Act, the SC Chemigation Act, and the USDA Federal pesticide recordkeeping requirement, records must be maintained for two (2) years from the date of the application. Again, the WPS does not require application records to be maintained after the required display period.

Whenever you are recording information on any of your pesticide applications, identify the pesticide(s) with three (3) identifiers:

  1. The BRAND (Trade) or PRODUCT name,
  2. The COMMON CHEMICAL name (active ingredient name), and
  3. the EPA Registration No.

Each of the recordkeeping regulations above vary in which of the identifiers they require. Because you may be required to display information or keep pesticide application records under more than one regulation, use all three identifiers any time you record application information so you don't have to worry about which regulation you are keeping records for.

A tip: Sometimes the pesticide label does not have the common chemical name of the active ingredient on it, rather, the full chemical name. You can often find the common chemical name on the Material Safety Data Sheet MSDS.

An example: A pesticide product called "FURY 1.5 EC INSECTICIDE" lists the active ingredient name on its label as: S-Cyano (3-phenoxyphenyl)methyl (+,-) cis/trans 3-(2,2-dichloroethenyl)-2,2 dimethylcyclopropane carboxylate. The MSDS provides, in addition to the chemical nomenclature, the common chemical name, in this case, zeta-cypermethrin.

Records for the various regulations do not have to be kept individually; you can keep a single, comprehensive set of application records, provided that you keep all required data elements. The records can be on paper, or in a computer file, or both.

The Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service encourages ALL pesticide applicators to keep good records of ALL their pesticide applications. Good application records not only meet regulatory requirements, but provides information the grower/applicator can use to trouble-shoot application/control problems, or to duplicate control successes. You should keep any additional information in your records that would be useful to YOU, such as weather information, nozzle sizes, spray pressures, rates, ground speed, etc.

Recordkeeping regulations for Private Pesticide Applicators are found in the Federal Food, Agriculture, Conservation and Trade Act (FACT), administered by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). More detailed information on pesticide recordkeeping is available from your County Extension Pesticide Training Coordinator, or the SC Department of Pesticide Regulation.