With the early stages of the cotton season continuing, farmers in Queensland’s Central Highlands are encouraged to keep their spraying knowledge up to date.
The advice comes after a number of off-target spray drift incidents in the region this season.
“Spraying is an important task in the early stages of the cotton season to ensure the plants are given the best chance of survival and protection from weeds and pests,” Cotton Australia’s policy officer – research direction and stewardship, Sally Ceeney, says.
“When spraying weeds in crop or fallows, it is important to be aware of any sensitive crops or pastures nearby. Similarly, it is absolutely critical all farmers are spraying when it is suitable to do so, and that they’re using best practice to complete the task.”
“Spray drift incidents are disappointing to hear of, and all growers are encouraged to pay increased attention to the conditions, their nozzle size, and other best practice advice when planning their spraying operations.”
Earlier this year, new label restrictions for 2,4-D products were implemented by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority.
All growers are encouraged to learn more about the label changes and ensure they are complying with the new instructions.
In a further effort to reduce spray drift incidents this season, the Central Highlands was chosen by Cotton Australia as the trial site for a new satellite mapping platform, Satacrop.
“All growers in the valley are encouraged to use Satacrop. The platform is designed to map different crops, not just cotton, and accurately inform growers around where spray activities have taken place,” Ms Ceeney says.
“That information is really valuable for growers and better informs their own spraying plans, which can help reduce drift incidents.”
Growers are also encouraged to consult online resources or contact Cotton Australia for advice around spraying best practice.
Cotton Australia is the peak representative body for Australia’s cotton growing industry.
Cotton Australia media contacts:
Policy Officer – Research Direction and Stewardship, Cotton Australia
0459 189 771
Acting Communications Manager, Cotton Australia
0401 843 018