Farmers are encouraged to remain vigilant when spraying, particularly after recent wet weather.
National Farmers’ Federation President and grain grower Fiona Simson said summer rainfall would promote weed growth, which farmers would be required to tackle.
It’s important growers brush up on their spray application knowledge and use best practice to reduce potentially harmful impacts of spray drift.
“As a farmer I know how hard we work to produce the best food and fibre for Australia which is why it is so disappointing when these avoidable incidents occur,” Ms Simson said.
“It’s up to everyone across all cropping sectors to take responsibility in stamping out this issue.”
Ms Simson said spray drift could significantly impact yield and neighbouring properties’ operations.
“The Australian Pesticide and Veterinary Medicines Authority’s (APVMA) new label guidelines for 2,4-D need to be strictly followed.
It is in everyone’s best interest for growers not to spray during an inversion, at night time or when weather isn’t suitable for spray applications.
“Wind movement, temperatures, point of release, nozzle varieties and strong record keeping all need to be carefully considered to ensure the spray stays on the targeted areas includes.”
Ms Simson said resources like CottonMap helped to inform growers where sensitive crops were located when planning their spraying.
“Communication between neighbours in regards to spray activities will ensure growers enjoy a successful and productive season without incident,” Ms Simson said.