I posted a while back that I thought that our wetter than normal spring may have been responsible for my pepper leaves being deformed. Well, after weeping over my destroyed garden – peppers, tomatoes and beans shot for the season, I have found that a herbicide may be responsible. After thinking about it, I do believe that the tomato leaves do in fact look like previous herbicide damage to tomatoes that I have seen.
My tomato damage and pepper leaf damage does indeed look like pictures of aminopyralid damage seen all over the internet.
Here is an update on what my tomatoes now look like:
The EPA won’t help me – they are too busy trying to shut down our coal burning power plants and cripple the American economy.
Manure and compost can kill your garden – thanks to Dow chemical company.
They peddle a herbicide called aminopyralid.
Dow Agroscience released this environmental poison in 2005, from what I can tell. They aggressively market it to horse and cattle owners to control perennial weeds.
Dow strikes again – in 2001, Dow’s clopyralid – still sold as Confront, was found to be the contaminant in compost that killed home garden and nursery plants in Washington, Pennsylvania and New Zealand.
Aminopyralid is the active ingredient in the herbicides Milestone and Forefront and belongs to the same class of chemicals that includes clopyralid.
Dow’s behavior defies environmental corporate responsibility. They know their product is capable of causing significant environmental harm, yet they continue to not only sell it, but to develop and sell new products that pose equal or greater risks. The EPA lets it happen again.
The peppers grew perfectly fine in the pots that I sprouted and grew the seedlings in. They seemed OK for the short while that they were in the garden. After a rainy spell, I noticed that they suddenly had deformed, small and cupped leaves. After a few weeks, the leaves dropped off. At this time, it looks like new leaves may be trying to grow from the spots where the leaves dropped along the main stems.
These leaves are deformed and long.
These leaves are cupped and wrinkled.
More deformed, cupped leaves. Some of these leaves don’t look totally deformed.
My beans were also deformed. I replanted Heriloom Rattlesnake Pole Beans three times. This image is the third planting. I can’t get a good picture, but maybe you can see that the new growing ends of the plants just shrivel up and never grow into new leaves. After a few leaves, the growing ends are deformed.
From what I have read, lettuce and carrots are also affected by this poison. This past fall – in some of the areas where the peppers and tomatoes are deformed this spring – I grew carrots and lettuce – they seemed to be OK. One of the links below mentions Peas as being damaged by this poison – my pea crop was a total failure this past fall. Out of a whole raised bed of peas, only a few germinated and those never grew more than about 3 inches – perhaps Dow’s poison damaged my peas. In a previous post I show the trailer of horse compost that I shoveled into my beds in about October. It should have affected the lettuce and carrots that I then planted.
Dow chemical seems to be playing games with studying the half life of this poison so I don’t know what to expect this spring. I shoveled that horse compost into all 7 raised beds and put the rest into my compost pile. It seems that this poison doesn’t start to degrade until the toxic compost actually gets mixed with soil.
I don’t know what to think. I will have to call our county extension agent and talk to him and give him this blog URL so that he can see the pictures. Will keep you updated.
Some links for further information:
Tomato Ville forum
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