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sprayer testing

Keep on top of testing rules

While most sprayers are tested annually as part of crop assurance, other machines outside these schemes and more than five years old, are now likely to need a re-test soon. “It’s been a legal requirement, since 2016, that all pesticide application equipment requires testing and a re-test at specified dates thereafter,” says Ian Forman, of […]

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applying metaldehyde

Protect water from metaldehyde

Excessive levels of metaldehyde are already being detected in watercourses this autumn. This follows the wet and unsettled weather in July and August encouraging a late flush of weeds, which created ideal conditions for slugs. There’s now concern further wet weather may cause excessive water run-off and the industry urges growers to follow best practice […]

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NFU Good Neighbour Initiative Guide

Spray responsibly near neighbours

The NFU has produced guidelines as part of the Good Neighbour Initiative to help sprayer operators meet legal requirements and build good relationships with neighbours when using pesticides. The guide, produced in conjunction with a range of partners, is designed to help sprayer operators adhere to legal requirements as set out in the Code of […]

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