Central Highlands farmers encouraged to update spraying knowledge

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.

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