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Four of Australia’s top agricultural peak-bodies have united to send an important message to all farmers about sticking to best practice during the summer spraying region. The National Farmers Federation, Cotton Australia, Grain Growers Limited, and the Rice Growers Association represent primary producers who generate billions of dollars for the Australian economy each year. They have strong advice this summer spraying season aimed at protecting each other’s livelihoods.

Australians care about their neighbours, a sentiment felt strongly by farmers throughout the country who are committed to doing the right thing.

  1. Know what to do. Read and follow label instructions – it is a legal requirement. Ensure spray applicators are fully trained and accredited.
  2. Check the conditions. Monitor conditions before, during and after spraying. Do not spray when there is a surface temperature inversion – likely to occur between midnight and sunrise – or when wind speeds are very low.
  3. Consider your neighbours - notify them of your spray plan.

Additional useful resources

GRDC Standard Nozzle Selection Guide

GRDC Spray Drift Fact Sheet

GRDC Impact of temperature inversions and spraying

GRDC Spray Application Manual

APVMA Spray Drift Advice

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Industry expert Mary O'Brien shares her three tips to reducing spray drift and how growers can implement best practice. Watch the video below.