PAN Pesticides Database - California Pesticide Use

Pesticide Use in Kern in 2012, San Joaquin Valley Region

Note: See Working with the Information on this Page section below for important notes about this data.

Basic Information about this county including contact information for the California County Agricultural Commissioner in this county.
Top 50 pesticides used in this county or region in 2012, with information on the identity, use type and toxicity of each pesticide, as well as gross pounds used, application rate, acres planted, and number of applications.
Top crops and sites for chemical use in this county or region in 2012, with information on gross pounds used, application rate, acres planted, and number of applications.

Basic County Information for Kern

Agricultural Commissioner Contact Information
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Kern
Ted Davis
1001 South Mount Vernon Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93307-2857
Phone:661-868-6300
Fax: 661-868-6301
Email: agcomm@co.kern.ca.us
Web: http://www.co.kern.ca.us/kernag/

For more detailed county agricultural contact information, see the CDFA County Ag Liaison Office.

Top 50 Pesticides Used on All Sites in Kern in 2012


Totals for 2003 and later may be under-reported due to omission of adjuvants in DPR's data since that time.
Chemical Name
(CA Chem Code)
Chemical Class PAN Bad Actor Gross
Pounds
Application Rate
Pounds per acre treated
Acres Planted
where all or part
has been sprayed
Acres Treated
All Chemicals (NA, 00)
Not Listed 27,523,100 1.61 829,353 15,697,900
Uses:
Mineral oil, unrefined (401, 2045, 765, 763, 2687, 473)
Petroleum derivative-Aromatic Yes 7,120,290 13.3 302,695 534,689
Note! Data for Mineral oil, unrefined summarizes data from 2 or more chem codes and may not agree with DPR summaries which total data for each chem code.
Uses: Insecticide, Adjuvant, Herbicide, Fungicide
Sulfur (560)
Inorganic Not Listed 4,853,710 6.09 183,148 797,289
Uses: Fungicide, Insecticide
Metam-sodium (616)
Dithiocarbamate-MITC Yes 2,508,370 184.5 15,599 13,587
Uses: Fumigant, Herbicide, Fungicide, Microbiocide, Algaecide
Metam potassium (970)
Dithiocarbamate-MITC Yes 1,739,410 237.2 7,565 7,334
Uses: Fumigant, Fungicide, Microbiocide, Algaecide, Nematicide
1,3-Dichloropropene (573)
Halogenated organic Yes 1,257,670 175.1 9,959 7,184
Uses: Fumigant, Nematicide
Glyphosate, potassium salt (5820)
Phosphonoglycine Not Listed 978,897 1.69 349,766 563,172
Uses: Herbicide
Calcium hydroxide (99, 3669)
Inorganic Not Listed 851,943 21.9 38,534 38,863
Note! Data for Calcium hydroxide summarizes data from 2 or more chem codes and may not agree with DPR summaries which total data for each chem code.
Uses: pH Adjustment, Fungicide, Microbiocide, Herbicide
Chlorine (131)
Inorganic Yes 581,109 - - -
Uses: Microbiocide, Water Treatment
Lime-sulfur (358)
Inorganic Not Listed 540,120 29.9 19,840 18,035
Uses: Insecticide, Fungicide
Glyphosate, isopropylamine salt (1855)
Phosphonoglycine Not Listed 448,791 1.45 128,583 253,663
Uses: Herbicide
Sodium hypochlorite (539)
Inorganic Yes 370,726 1.26 - 18.5
Uses: Microbiocide, Water Treatment, Nematicide
Nonyl phenoxy poly (ethylene oxy) ethanol (1743, 1397, 3999, 5755)
Polyalkyloxy Compound Not Listed 293,234 0.33 398,415 893,864
Note! Data for Nonyl phenoxy poly (ethylene oxy) ethanol summarizes data from 2 or more chem codes and may not agree with DPR summaries which total data for each chem code.
Uses: Adjuvant, Plant Growth Regulator, Soap/Surfactant
Pendimethalin (1929)
2,6-Dinitroaniline Not Listed 262,001 2.10 168,627 123,906
Uses: Herbicide
Methyl soyate (3519)
Fatty acid ester Not Listed 244,334 0.85 190,483 282,983
Uses: Adjuvant
Calcium carbonate (1007)
Inorganic Not Listed 211,296 - - -
Uses: pH Adjustment, Fungicide, Microbiocide, Herbicide
Copper sulfate (basic) (162)
Inorganic-Copper Not Listed 209,550 2.94 57,046 71,290
Uses: Fungicide, Algaecide, Molluscicide
Calcium hypochlorite (326)
Inorganic Yes 201,090 53.8 - 111.6
Uses: Algaecide, Water Treatment
Chlorpyrifos (253)
Organophosphorus Yes 183,166 1.09 153,739 166,450
Uses: Insecticide, Nematicide
Hydrogen cyanamide (2238)
Inorganic Yes 181,460 16.2 14,175 11,209
Uses: Plant Growth Regulator, Herbicide
Paraquat dichloride (1601)
Bipyridylium Yes 161,648 0.95 161,285 169,632
Uses: Herbicide
Kaolin (2629)
Inorganic Not Listed 152,538 39.1 5,997 3,902
Uses: Insecticide, Adjuvant, Fungicide, Microbiocide
Oryzalin (1868)
2,6-Dinitroaniline Yes 151,851 3.16 80,265 47,925
Uses: Herbicide
Copper sulfate (pentahydrate) (161)
Inorganic-Copper Not Listed 129,732 5.24 3,375 15,520
Uses: Algaecide, Fungicide, Insecticide, Water Treatment, Molluscicide
Bacillus thuringiensis, subsp. Israelensis, strain AM 65-52 (5841)
Microbial Not Listed 125,116 - - -
Uses: Insecticide
Methyl bromide (385)
Halogenated organic Yes 119,522 81.6 1,579 1,457
Uses: Fumigant, Insecticide, Herbicide, Nematicide
Chlorothalonil (677)
Substituted Benzene Yes 113,434 1.50 44,041 74,790
Uses: Fungicide
Copper hydroxide (151)
Inorganic-Copper Not Listed 112,886 0.98 92,999 115,083
Uses: Fungicide, Microbiocide, Nematicide
Oxyfluorfen (1973)
Diphenyl ether Yes 112,095 0.42 281,040 261,877
Uses: Herbicide
Cryolite (173)
Inorganic Not Listed 110,469 7.88 15,215 14,022
Uses: Insecticide
Diuron (231)
Urea Yes 89,016 0.92 60,977 66,777
Uses: Herbicide
Oleic acid, methyl ester (2266)
Fatty acid ester Not Listed 87,072 0.79 91,636 109,923
Uses: Adjuvant
Modified phthalic glycerol alkyd resin (1159)
Polymer Not Listed 76,366 0.21 106,547 367,422
Uses: Adjuvant
Urea dihydrogen sulfate (2270)
Inorganic Not Listed 71,567 2.52 27,504 28,401
Uses: Plant Growth Regulator, Herbicide
Mineral oil, refined (3846, 2601, 2106, 2768, 1641)
Petroleum derivative-Saturated Not Listed 69,272 2.45 9,446 8,937
Note! Data for Mineral oil, refined summarizes data from 2 or more chem codes and may not agree with DPR summaries which total data for each chem code.
Uses: Herbicide, Plant Growth Regulator, Insecticide, Adjuvant, Solvent
Ziram (629)
Dithiocarbamate, Inorganic-Zinc Yes 69,122 5.22 12,691 13,234
Uses: Fungicide, Microbiocide, Dog and Cat Repellent
Sulfur dioxide (561)
Inorganic Yes 65,767 4.16 432.0 868.0
Uses: Dessicant, Preservative
Undecyl polyoxyethylene (5 moles ethylene oxide) (3929)
Polyalkyloxy Compound Not Listed 63,938 0.30 134,911 206,387
Uses: Adjuvant
Copper ammonium carbonate (1762)
Inorganic-Copper Not Listed 63,096 - - -
Uses: Fungicide
Sodium chlorate (536)
Inorganic Yes 61,402 4.98 11,255 12,318
Uses: Defoliant, Herbicide, Microbiocide
Simazine (531)
Triazine Yes 60,187 2.25 34,346 26,590
Uses: Herbicide
Lecithin (3264)
Botanical Not Listed 57,102 0.32 136,328 167,401
Uses: Fungicide
Fatty Acids, C16-C18 and C18-unsaturated, methyl esters (5881)
Fatty acid ester Not Listed 56,364 0.45 95,991 124,168
Uses: Adjuvant
Mancozeb (211)
Dithiocarbamate-ETU, Inorganic-Zinc Yes 53,614 1.40 23,435 38,037
Uses: Fungicide
Disodium octaborate tetrahydrate (1800)
Inorganic Not Listed 51,130 - - -
Uses: Insecticide, Herbicide
Glutaraldehyde (139)
Not Listed 51,028 - - -
Uses: Microbiocide, Fungicide
Sodium tetrathiocarbonate (2273)
Inorganic Yes 46,620 29.9 1,078 1,558
Uses: Fumigant, Fungicide, Nematicide
Iprodione (2081)
Dicarboximide Yes 45,100 0.58 75,042 77,025
Uses: Fungicide
Imidacloprid (3849)
Neonicotinoid Not Listed 44,937 0.37 121,192 119,440
Uses: Insecticide
Acrolein (3)
Aldehyde Yes 44,460 - - -
Uses: Algaecide, Fumigant

Top 50 Crops and Sites for for All Chemicals use in Kern in 2012

Crop or Site
(Commodity Code)
Gross
Pounds
Application Rate
pounds per acre treated
Acres Planted
where all or part
has been sprayed
Acres Treated Application
Count
All Sites (00)
27,523,100 1.61 829,353 15,697,900 168,349
Almonds (3001)
7,095,050 1.49 179,293 4,749,940 33,041
Table and Raisin Grapes (29141)
4,054,520 1.31 71,572 3,082,000 44,695
Carrots (29111)
3,346,170 12.1 30,264 277,057 3,654
Oranges (2006)
2,201,890 2.50 39,113 876,829 13,121
Pistachios (3011)
1,876,480 1.29 88,657 1,451,450 8,333
Wine Grapes (29143)
1,841,060 2.52 25,920 731,439 5,560
Aquatic Industrial Uses (65503)
1,107,050 - - - 68
Potatoes (14013)
1,079,090 5.48 22,913 196,909 2,390
Tangerines (2008)
511,264 1.12 19,372 457,379 4,594
Tomatoes for Processing (29136)
503,728 3.10 13,364 162,725 1,739
Cotton (29121)
391,217 0.40 58,301 988,657 9,108
Aquatic Area (65000)
310,404 4.91 - 11,037 35
Right of Way (40)
305,992 65.0 0.03 0.11 1,531
Pomegranates (6015)
305,183 0.62 15,043 495,356 1,192
Bell Peppers (11003)
267,059 6.04 2,564 44,211 749
Other Fumigation (91)
255,656 - - - 120
Outdoor Container Nursery (154)
254,530 3.66 3,686 69,511 1,553
Cherries (5002)
210,597 1.73 7,079 121,812 2,187
Alfalfa for Forage (23001)
195,994 0.34 77,207 580,691 5,107
Public Health Pest Control (50)
176,870 - - - 168
Lemons (2004)
141,373 1.94 3,123 72,673 1,003
Onions (14011)
106,173 0.91 8,021 116,756 1,502
Uncultivated Agricultural Area (66000)
86,806 3.34 8,711 25,978 241
Irrigation Systems (65021)
70,085 38.4 - 336.6 44
Apples (4001)
69,888 1.05 889.0 66,662 844
Watermelons (10008)
65,137 2.35 1,776 27,665 381
Corn for Forage (22005)
59,580 0.24 34,197 244,667 2,155
Grapefruit (2002)
55,437 2.87 894.7 19,306 673
Peaches (5004)
52,721 1.52 787.5 34,689 498
Commodity Fumigation (90)
41,928 - - - 82
Plums (5005)
36,477 0.92 1,019 39,702 819
Tangelos (2007)
34,486 1.84 893.1 18,694 326
Landscape (30)
34,341 - - - 1,552
Nectarines (5003)
30,819 2.56 484.2 12,056 225
Structural Pest Control (10)
30,665 - - - 7,766
Sorghum (29131)
28,680 0.35 14,483 81,026 681
Tomatoes (11005)
26,822 2.08 454.6 12,890 215
Wheat (29139)
21,102 0.11 25,016 185,443 1,878
Wheat for Forage (22007)
20,350 0.12 27,577 169,490 1,689
Melons (29122)
17,203 10.2 270.0 1,691 47
Cantaloupe (10002)
17,121 3.30 598.0 5,194 68
Figs (6005)
15,931 3.27 463.0 4,866 9
Apricots (5001)
14,228 1.10 489.6 12,908 323
Citrus (2000)
12,881 - - - 75
Leaf Lettuce (13031)
11,927 0.76 1,754 15,794 522
Chili Peppers (8050)
11,673 36.7 79.5 318.0 4
Blueberries (1009)
11,584 0.53 637.7 21,913 428
Garlic (14007)
10,654 0.24 5,447 43,746 462
Dried Beans (15001)
8,503 0.31 2,399 27,697 329
 
Working with the Information on this Page

* Complete 2001 data for Kern county was never submitted by the Kern County Agricultural Commissioners office. This missing data includes approximately 32,000 records totaling roughly 10 million pounds. An omission of this scale will significantly impact statewide trends.

** The 2005 data for Ventura county is incomplete because not all of the data was available at the time of DPR's release. Missing data includes mostly applications made in November and December. An estimate based on reported use in Ventura County during November and December from 2002 to 2004 suggests that the 2005 total pounds is underreported by approximately 500,000 pounds. The active ingredients most affected are captan and petroleum oil. See the DPR's 2005 PUR report for additional details.

NOTE! See methodology and documentation for California Pesticide Use Reporting for important qualifications on these numbers.

Click on the commodities name links for special caveats on the data for each commodity. For more detailed use information, including data for other years, search our California Pesticide Use database. Original source for all pesticide use data is the California Pesticide Use Report (PUR) dataset, collected and managed by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. Significant processing of the original dataset is required to generate the summary data presented here; see documentation for a full discussion of data handling.

NOTE! Comments on the accuracy of Acres Planted reflect PAN's analysis of acreage data from the California Agricultural Statistics Service (CASS) and Department of Pesticide Regulation Pesticide Use Reporting data. The method used to assess acreage accuracy is described in the documentation. Accuracy was evaluated for aggregate, statewide California acreage, but not for smaller regions (e.g., counties). See CASS acreage estimates for additional information.

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Definitions
  • Acres Planted is the planted acreage of the crop in the selected region where the selected chemical was applied. This figure may not be the total acreage of the selected crop. To obtain the total planted acreage for a crop or county, see the crop and county pages available from the Pesticide Use Search Page. See documentation for important distinctions between acres treated and acres planted.
  • Acres Treated is the acreage of the crop actually treated with the pesticide. Gross Pounds applied divided by Acres Treated is the application rate of the pesticide. The difference between Acres Planted and Acres Treated is best explained through an example:If a farmer has a 100-acre field and sprays 50 acres, then the Acres Planted will be 100 and the Acres Treated will be 50. If a farmer sprays 50 of their 100 acres three times, then the Acres Planted will remain at 100 acres, but now the value of Acres Treated will be 150. This figure may not be the total acreage of the selected crop. See documentation for further distinctions between acres treated and acres planted.
  • Application Count indicates the number of times this chemical was applied.
  • Application Rate indicates the total pounds applied to acreage divided by the total treated acres. Only pounds applied to acreage are used to calculate the application rate. This excludes pesticides used to fumigate stored commodities or other non-cropland applications. See documentation for important distinctions between acres treated and acres planted.
  • Chemical Class indicates the chemical classification of this chemical.
  • Chemical Code is the California Department of Pesticide Regulation code number assigned as an identifier for each chemical.
  • Chemical Uses indicates the major uses for this chemical, with the most common use listed first.
  • County Code is a code number that various California State agencies use to identify each California county. There are 58 total counties.
  • Field Count is the number of fields where this chemical was applied.
  • Gross Pounds indicates the total pounds used, including both pounds used on acreage and pounds used in other applications such as commodity fumigation.
  • PAN Bad Actor indicates whether this chemical belongs to the group of most toxic pesticides or not. See link for a full definition of this term.