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Croplands Gets Involved with Macquarie Spray Info Sessions

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Croplands took part in a series of spray information sessions held across the Macquarie Valley.

Croplands took part in a series of free information sessions held across the Macquarie Valley to provide chemical spraying accreditation for local farmers. 

The sessions were the result of a meeting between agricultural chemical suppliers, chemical resellers, farmers, agronomists and the NSW Environmental Protection Authority in Dubbo to address the  industry’s concerns about safe spraying.

The meeting was coordinated by the EPA, in collaboration with the SOS (Stop Off-Target Spraying) Committee, which is made up of concerned representatives of the agricultural industry in the Macquarie Valley.

Committee Coordinator, Tony McAlary said the meeting was the result of discussions the SOS Committee held with the EPA about how landholders could work together to address spray drift issues after several reports of crop damage in the Warren region earlier this summer.

“A range of grain and cotton farmers, agronomists and chemical resellers have joined forces to address an issue that is affecting our environment and cannot be sustainable in the long term,” Mr McAlary said.

“The accreditation program will be a voluntary process, highlighting changes in best practice for applying chemicals and showcasing the technology available to support good spray decision making.”

Chemical spray expert Mary O’Brien, who is known as The Spray Drift Girl (@spraydriftgirl on Twitter), and Harry Pickering hosted five information and accreditation sessions, which included drinks and a barbecue.

Croplands Central NSW/TAS Territory Manager, Dave Farmer played an instrumental role in the information sessions - giving farmers practical and effective spraying recommendations.  Dave gave a nozzle demonstration at the events and offered a discount on Croplands TeeJet, Albuz and Agrotop range of nozzles to all attendees. The new Agrotop TD-XLD  nozzle was introduced to the groups, as it produces an extremely large droplet at 4 bar and above – allowing only 8% driftable fines and giving 15% more coverage on the ground in comparison to the TTI nozzle.

Nufarm’s Macquariue Valley Territory Manager, Brett Mawbey, who is also a member of the SOS Committee attended all the events to answer any questions the group had around adjuvants and the like.

The attendance figures of the information and accreditation sessions were astounding, with over 400 farmers attending over the five nights. The SOS Committee received great feedback on the events and are working towards a Spring campaign later in the year.