PAN Pesticides Database - California Pesticide Use

Pesticide Use in Kern in 2009, 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 2009, 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 2009, 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 2009


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 (00)
Not Listed 21,550,900 1.82 693,419 11,398,600
Uses:
Sulfur (560)
Inorganic Not Listed 4,137,490 6.04 168,229 685,086
Uses: Fungicide, Insecticide
Petroleum oil, unclassified (765)
Petroleum derivative Not Listed 3,625,850 21.5 135,662 168,818
Uses: Insecticide, Herbicide, Fungicide, Adjuvant
Metam-sodium (616)
Dithiocarbamate Yes 2,689,990 189.7 15,746 14,179
Uses: Fumigant, Herbicide, Fungicide, Microbiocide, Algaecide
Mineral oil (401, 2687, 473)
Petroleum derivative Yes 2,529,940 12.4 131,844 204,635
Note! Data for Mineral oil 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
1,3-Dichloropropene (573)
Halogenated organic Yes 699,751 153.2 5,426 4,568
Uses: Fumigant, Nematicide
Metam potassium (970)
Dithiocarbamate Yes 597,577 168.8 3,501 3,541
Uses: Fumigant, Fungicide, Microbiocide, Algaecide, Nematicide
Calcium hydroxide (3669, 99)
Inorganic Not Listed 581,546 23.3 28,888 24,962
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
Glyphosate, isopropylamine salt (1855)
Phosphonoglycine Not Listed 549,156 1.23 260,387 410,815
Uses: Herbicide
Kaolin (2629)
Inorganic Not Listed 448,518 35.5 13,094 12,622
Uses: Insecticide, Adjuvant, Fungicide, Microbiocide
MCIAL code 401 (2045)
Petroleum derivative Not Listed 445,031 4.48 68,886 99,256
Uses: Insecticide, Adjuvant
Pendimethalin (1929)
2,6-Dinitroaniline Not Listed 288,071 2.22 176,022 129,410
Uses: Herbicide
Chlorpyrifos (253)
Organophosphorus Yes 281,263 2.03 135,177 138,253
Uses: Insecticide, Nematicide
Lime-sulfur (358)
Inorganic Not Listed 240,452 18.1 12,299 13,288
Uses: Insecticide, Fungicide
Chlorine (131)
Inorganic Yes 230,840 - - -
Uses: Microbiocide, Water Treatment
Nonyl phenoxy poly (ethylene oxy) ethanol (1743, 1397, 3999, 5755)
Polyalkyloxy Compound Not Listed 223,093 0.34 319,327 649,494
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, Adjuvant, Soap/Surfactant
Petroleum distillates (1730, 763, 2768)
Petroleum derivative Not Listed 201,813 0.25 27,451 42,873
Note! Data for Petroleum distillates 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, Solvent
Glyphosate (2997)
Phosphonoglycine Not Listed 195,198 1.56 111,076 124,913
Uses: Herbicide
Paraquat dichloride (1601)
Bipyridylium Yes 193,603 0.93 171,806 208,559
Uses: Herbicide
Copper sulfate (basic) (162)
Inorganic-Copper Not Listed 178,873 4.50 38,697 39,777
Uses: Fungicide, Algaecide, Molluscicide
Ammonium sulfate (1363)
Inorganic Not Listed 142,242 0.86 138,407 165,112
Uses: Herbicide, pH Adjustment
Cryolite (173)
Inorganic Not Listed 112,747 8.14 14,605 13,852
Uses: Insecticide
Hydrogen cyanamide (2238)
Inorganic Yes 96,696 15.8 8,183 5,601
Uses: Plant Growth Regulator, Herbicide
Copper hydroxide (151)
Inorganic-Copper Not Listed 93,734 0.90 83,717 104,116
Uses: Fungicide, Microbiocide, Nematicide
Oxyfluorfen (1973)
Diphenyl ether Not Listed 90,263 0.34 225,969 265,119
Uses: Herbicide
Diuron (231)
Urea Yes 88,881 1.25 49,297 48,489
Uses: Herbicide
Glufosinate-ammonium (3946)
Unclassified Not Listed 87,201 0.72 109,647 120,366
Uses: Herbicide
Oryzalin (1868)
2,6-Dinitroaniline Yes 86,507 2.78 52,888 31,132
Uses: Herbicide
Sodium tetrathiocarbonate (2273)
Inorganic Yes 80,330 30.1 3,676 2,669
Uses: Fumigant, Fungicide, Nematicide
Chlorothalonil (677)
Substituted Benzene Yes 73,099 1.27 35,166 57,497
Uses: Fungicide
Kerosene (2071)
Petroleum derivative Not Listed 72,836 1.82 26,552 40,072
Uses: Insecticide
Sodium hypochlorite (539)
Inorganic Yes 71,444 0.08 76.0 152.2
Uses: Microbiocide, Water Treatment, Nematicide
Methyl bromide (385)
Halogenated organic Yes 71,312 41.0 5,910 1,653
Uses: Fumigant, Insecticide, Herbicide, Nematicide
Modified phthalic glycerol alkyd resin (1159)
Polymer Not Listed 69,005 0.22 99,296 317,143
Uses: Adjuvant
Glyphosate, potassium salt (5820)
Phosphonoglycine Not Listed 61,674 1.01 44,585 60,432
Uses: Herbicide
Calcium carbonate (1007)
Inorganic Not Listed 56,526 - - -
Uses: pH Adjustment, Fungicide, Microbiocide, Herbicide
Undecyl polyoxyethylene (5 moles ethylene oxide) (3929)
Polyalkyloxy Compound Not Listed 56,495 0.32 70,307 173,983
Uses: Adjuvant
Simazine (531)
Triazine Yes 51,565 1.56 35,886 31,720
Uses: Herbicide
Copper sulfate (pentahydrate) (161)
Inorganic-Copper Not Listed 45,793 7.21 1,874 1,301
Uses: Algaecide, Fungicide, Insecticide, Water Treatment, Molluscicide
Fatty acids, mixed (2069)
Fatty acid Not Listed 40,706 0.20 88,715 201,675
Uses: Adjuvant
Propylene oxide (508)
Alcohol/Ether Yes 36,728 - - -
Uses: Fumigant
Copper (714)
Inorganic-Copper Not Listed 34,202 2.25 10,967 15,234
Uses: Fungicide
Alkylaryl poly(oxyethylene) glycol (748)
Polyalkyloxy Compound Not Listed 33,300 0.52 54,288 64,363
Uses: Adjuvant
Phosmet (335)
Organophosphorus Yes 32,931 2.84 11,383 11,587
Uses: Insecticide
Iprodione (2081)
Dicarboximide Yes 32,476 0.55 60,598 58,736
Uses: Fungicide
Imidacloprid (3849)
Neonicotinoid Not Listed 32,088 0.32 97,968 99,597
Uses: Insecticide
Oleic acid, methyl ester (2266)
Fatty acid ester Not Listed 31,446 0.76 31,356 41,239
Uses: Adjuvant
Sodium chlorate (536)
Inorganic Not Listed 31,370 3.93 8,229 7,982
Uses: Defoliant, Herbicide, Microbiocide
Bacillus thuringiensis (berliner), subsp. Kurstaki, strain SA-11 (3862)
Microbial Not Listed 29,012 1.24 20,931 23,370
Uses: Insecticide
Carbaryl (105)
N-Methyl Carbamate Yes 27,021 2.60 11,298 10,379
Uses: Insecticide, Plant Growth Regulator, Nematicide

Top 50 Crops and Sites for for All Chemicals use in Kern in 2009

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)
21,550,900 1.82 693,419 11,398,600 116,651
Almonds (3001)
6,045,940 1.74 169,208 3,462,310 24,371
Carrots (29111)
2,850,760 9.85 31,052 254,852 3,246
Table and Raisin Grapes (29141)
2,707,800 1.20 65,833 2,265,260 32,716
Wine Grapes (29143)
1,805,300 2.03 28,851 891,201 4,539
Oranges (2006)
1,790,730 2.30 40,765 779,594 10,170
Pistachios (3011)
1,729,080 1.64 68,479 1,027,000 5,365
Potatoes (14013)
828,589 4.75 19,974 174,232 2,186
Tomatoes for Processing (29136)
576,218 4.57 15,468 125,994 1,450
Pomegranates (6015)
440,314 2.11 13,526 209,159 657
Tangerines (2008)
361,873 1.29 13,649 281,565 2,396
Cherries (5002)
349,159 2.38 6,016 146,263 2,363
Public Health Pest Control (50)
210,979 - - - 237
Cotton (29121)
174,364 0.42 36,980 417,042 4,575
Bell Peppers (11003)
173,694 4.91 2,162 35,354 672
Alfalfa for Forage (23001)
159,664 0.39 67,009 412,478 3,769
Peaches (5004)
140,793 3.57 2,049 39,405 1,183
Outdoor Container Nursery (154)
133,947 4.13 3,395 32,466 1,063
Nectarines (5003)
110,539 3.41 1,213 32,442 942
Right of Way (40)
101,108 - - - 532
Apples (4001)
98,067 2.14 1,236 45,782 552
Plums (5005)
90,360 1.99 1,869 45,418 851
Lemons (2004)
82,019 1.43 3,165 57,463 773
Onions (14011)
68,761 0.83 6,321 82,556 991
Aquatic Area (65000)
52,222 1.47 - 1,368 19
Corn for Forage (22005)
42,852 0.29 23,229 149,596 1,400
Other Fumigation (91)
40,829 - - - 17
Grapefruit (2002)
35,003 1.88 854.7 18,659 572
Watermelons (10008)
33,472 1.39 2,202 24,164 480
Chili Peppers (8050)
32,447 152.3 150.0 213.0 3
Wheat (29139)
30,913 0.34 19,505 91,717 890
Tangelos (2007)
30,481 1.82 923.5 16,704 296
Melons (29122)
17,291 10.0 384.0 1,725 56
Apricots (5001)
16,393 1.43 504.4 11,447 361
Sudangrass for Forage (22011)
16,038 9.22 542.1 1,739 16
Uncultivated Agricultural Area (66000)
13,198 0.83 4,720 15,977 136
Dried Beans (15001)
12,174 0.30 2,804 40,706 451
Tomatillos (11008)
11,846 171.7 75.0 69.0 1
Blueberries (1009)
11,705 1.13 736.0 10,370 160
Figs (6005)
11,272 0.63 463.0 926.0 4
Sorghum (29131)
11,154 0.51 4,854 22,050 203
Sweet Potatoes (14018)
9,694 242.3 40.0 40.0 1
Structural Pest Control (10)
9,555 - - - 1,268
Yams (14021)
9,144 235.7 38.8 38.8 1
Leaf Lettuce (13031)
8,179 0.79 1,624 10,418 510
Walnuts (3009)
7,040 0.53 1,160 13,213 163
Head Lettuce (13045)
6,961 1.47 404.0 4,752 120
Broccoli (13005)
5,124 1.31 1,289 3,917 139
Wheat for Forage (22007)
4,880 0.08 10,610 63,660 683
Green Onions (16004)
4,028 1.13 580.2 3,567 184
 
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.