On 4 October 2018, the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) announced interim measures from their review of 2,4-D which require new spray drift instructions for the 2018-19 season. The focus of these changes is to reduce the likelihood of spray drift damage.
The full APVMA review is expected to be completed in February 2019.
New instructions for use include:
- Additional information on recognising surface temperature inversion conditions (to support the restriction on current labels about not spraying in these conditions)
- Buffer zones for both aquatic and terrestrial off target vegetation (including sensitive crops, gardens, landscaping vegetation, protected native vegetation or protected animal habitat)
- A mandatory requirement to use nozzles producing droplets no smaller than the VERY COARSE spray quality category
- Boom height is restricted to a maximum of 50 cm from the top of the crop canopy or weeds (in a fallow situation)
- Mandatory record keeping requirements
- APVMA also advise growers to increase droplet size over summer (1 October to 15 April) to EXTREMELY COARSE or ULTRA COARSE, but this is not a mandatory requirement
All of theses instructions are effective immediately.
What is Nufarm doing to ensure its products are compliant?
- For products made prior to 1 November 2018, this webpage contains links to the latest versions of labels for the products listed below. This page will be updated as soon as new information is available.
- For products made on or after 1 November 2018, updated labels will be on all products containing 2,4-D. These will include the logo below indicating new APVMA spray drift instructions are inside (the logo will be on the cover of the multi-fold label).
with new instructions
AMICIDE ADVANCE 700
ESTERCIDE XTRA 680
Nufarm is committed to supporting growers to reduce the likelihood of spray drift and encourages the use of the Nufarm SprayWise Decisions tool to effectively plan spraying activity.
For more information, download the presentation below or visit the
APVMA website here.