Cotton Australia is helping in the fight against spray drift

Cotton Australia are planning a targeted information and advertising campaign and collaborating with enforcement agencies ahead of the peak spray drift danger period. After presenting a series of spray drift action items to growers at the last General Meeting, CA is finalizing a radio advertising campaign, media releases, and liaising with other key stakeholders to ensure that growers and contractors do the right thing by themselves and their neighbours this season.

CA CEO Adam Kay said that this is the first season when all 100-plus WAND towers are operational, providing spray operators with a powerful and free tool that can quickly detect hazardous conditions and inversions, enabling cotton and grain growers and spray contractors to spray in compliance with label requirements.

SataCrop can map all crop types, including cotton, grains, and tree crops. Growers log in and plot the location of fields they have planted with different crops each season, allowing others to review the site when planning spray applications to identify the location of potentially sensitive neighbouring crops.

CA will soon be releasing an app that makes it easy to report spray drift damage as soon as it is seen and is also assisting groups like SOS NSW in promoting their activities, including an upcoming Spraywise application session on November 16 in Moree.

Learn more about the control of Feathertop Rhodes Grass in the latest Groundcover issue.

If you have any other resources or opportunities for skills development around spray best practice, please let SOS NSW know.

Annette McCaffery, SOS NSW Coordinator

M: 0457 594 166