2005 March: Liverpool Plains (NSW) Spray Drift. Pesticide: 2,4-D

Herbicide spray drift hits crops


Farmers on the Liverpool Plains have reported significant damage to their crops because of herbicide spray drift.

Cotton Australia’s Ross Brown says summer crop growers are expecting considerable yield loss because of the drift from phenoxy-based products and those containing 24-D.

Mr Brown says growers and applicators are either ignoring or unaware of the risk factors involved in spraying with the herbicides, particularly in the summer.

He says the hot weather creates improved conditions for spray drift.