Spray drift best practice

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FOUR of Australia’s top agricultural peak bodies have united to send an important message to all farmers about adhering to best practice while spraying.

Combined, the National Farmers Federation, Cotton Australia, Grain Growers Limited, and the Ricegrowers Association of Australia represent primary producers who generate hundreds of millions of dollars for the Australian economy each year.

“This isn’t about one sector or industry, its about an entire farming community coming together to take action to prevent potential losses which can be devastating for farming families,” National Farmers Federation chief executive Tony Mahar said.

“We know that the vast majority of farmers are doing the right thing and taking the actions required as part of our best practice methodology but we need everyone to be on the same page because one mistake can make a huge difference.”

Grain Growers CEO Dave McKeon reminded all agricultural stakeholders that it’s not just best practice that guides farmers but there are laws in place to ensure compliance.

“There is no question that growers need to comply with the laws around chemical spraying, and we support authorities in bringing to justice anyone who knowingly breaks the law,” said Mr McKeon.

However, he said cooperation between all growers and respect for what they produce should drive the best outcomes for all.

“We all share a love of the land and many grow a variety of crops.

“Nobody wants to lose produce because someone has been negligent in their spraying activities and it is the industry itself that can minimise damage.”

Mr Mahar said Australians cared about their neighbours, a sentiment felt strongly by farmers throughout the country who were committed to doing the right thing.

Instructions for safe, effective and responsible spraying:

1. Know what to do.

Read and follow label instructions – it is a legal requirement.

2. Ensure spray applicators are fully trained and accredited.

3. Check the conditions.

Monitor conditions before, during and after spraying.

4. Consider your neighbours.

Always notify your neighbours of your spray plan.