What’s in Your Back Yard is back
A new version of the popular ‘What’s In Your Backyard’ (WIYBY) on-line tool has been updated and is available online HERE
When considering whether to use a pesticide, sprayer operators, farmers and agronomists need to assess the risk to watercourses. WIYBY provides a straightforward way of checking if fields are in a Drinking Water Safeguard Zone before deciding to spray.
Paul Temple, Chairman of the Voluntary Initiative (VI), says: “I am delighted that the Environment Agency has this new site to replace the existing version of WIYBY. The system is really improved with new, easy-to-use maps.”
It is important that everyone involved in managing a crop knows which fields have a risk of pesticides getting in to groundwater or surface watercourses,” he adds. “With this information, you can make an informed decision about whether an alternative, non-chemical, approach should be used or, if not, how to use good stewardship, to reduce the risk of the pesticide getting into water.
“WIYBY is a great, easy to use tool which can help identify Drinking Water Safeguard Zone and the VI fully recommends its use.”