Pesticide use continued to decline in 2008, according to a report issued recently by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation.

About 162 million pounds of pesticides were applied that year, a reduction of about 6 percent from 2007.

The total includes chemicals used for turf and ornamentals, structures, roadsides and agriculture.

Of that, agricultural pesticide use fell by 9.6 million pounds, according to the report.

Sulfur continued to be the top pesticide in terms of pounds and acres treated. It is a fungicide used by both conventional and organic growers to control powdery mildew on grapes and strawberries, among other crops.

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