There’s been lots happening in the area of chemical use and access in recent months. Important insecticide chlorpyrifos has had home garden use cancelled, a new fungicide has been registered for use in grapes and apples, an update to the APVMA’s spray drift policy has been published, and the ACAP forum was held in June. Read on for updates and search Infopest for new products such as Belanty!

Chemical updates

Chlorpyrifos – Home uses and domestic pesticide products for chlorpyrifos have had their registrations cancelled by the APVMA. There are a total of 27 products affected. The issues behind the move are related to user safety and human health. The consultation period for the proposed regulatory decision is open until 22 September 2019. The APVMA is currently reviewing chlorpyrifos and its agricultural uses are still under consideration.

To view a special gazette from the APVMA, released on 24 June 2019, click here.

Further information, visit the APVMA’s website here.

Mefentrifluconazole – The APVMA has approved the new BASF’s product Belanty Fungicide, based on active constituent mefentrifluconazole. The claim is for the control of powdery mildew in Grapes and black spot in apples.

For more information, visit the BASF website here.

General updates
Hort Innovation has released an Ag Chemical Update for the MT17019 project – Regulatory Support and Coordination.

To view the most recent edition, released in March, click here.


More than 100 Bayer-owned glyphosate safety study reports made accessible

Bayer has welcomed science-based discussions with regulators, researchers and the public as the Monsanto integration continues. With transparency in mind, all 107 Bayer-owned glyphosate safety studies submitted to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) are now available to the public.

For more information, click here.


Spray drift policy update

The APVMA has released stage one of an update to their 2008 spray drift policy, Operating Principles in Relation to Spray Drift Risk following consultation with industry and stakeholders.

The updates to the policy are designed to be more flexible and easily adapt to new technologies. The new approach provides a set of tools for calculating spray drift and setting of buffers.

The key changes of the new policy include:

  • clearer guidelines on how regulatory acceptable levels and buffer distances are calculated in spray drift risk assessment manuals
  • clearer and more consistent labeling instructions
  • new buffer guidelines for bystander areas, pollinators, natural aquatic areas, vegetation areas and livestock areas
  • use of the AgDISP model to determine standard downwind deposition curves for boom sprayers and aircraft
  • use of European drift data for downwind deposition curves for vertical sprayers
  • the development of a set of tools to generate buffer and label instructions.

For more information, click here.


AgChem Access Priorities (ACAP) Forum

Agrifutures project, PRJ-010722: Management of AgChem Access Priorities Forum culminated in the third of three forums in Melbourne on 13 June 2019. The Growcom-facilitated project saw approximately 40 delegates from research and development corporations and chemical registration companies come together to discuss access to chemicals for treating each industry’s top five pest priorities.

Registrants agreed to pursue 402 solutions to label claims and supported another 70 solutions for permit applications. New chemistry was also featured and registrants advises they could offer 10 solutions with registrations being three to five years away.

There remains 59 pest issues without any solutions offered.

The funding RDCs will work closely with the chemical registrants to generate suitable data packages for assessment by the APVMA, prior to registrations and permits going ahead.


Pesticide residues – Something to worry about?

The Genetic Literacy Project (GLP) has published a six-part series on pesticides and food. The final and sixth part was published in February, which was undoubtedly timed to coincide with the release of the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) annual Dirty Dozen.

The GLP has highlighted the complexities surrounding pesticide use and the importance of keeping a balanced perspective instead of taking extremes and making generalisations.

The safety of pesticides and the amount that ends up in our foods are constantly being evaluated. Whilst the data used in the GPL article is US based, the same is true here in Australia.

As our regulator, the APVMA sets maximum residue limits (MRLs) and conducts dietary exposure evaluations to ensure pesticide levels in produce do not pose an undue hazard to consumers.

The EWG releases a list each year of fruits and vegetables that are the most and least contaminated with pesticide residues.

These findings are based on the number of samples that contain residues of one or more pesticides rather than whether these samples have exceeded set MRLs.

The GLP’s findings counter the EWG’s findings with reason and challenge many generalities that might otherwise cause people to avoid certain food based on misleading information.

To read the GLPS’s article on pesticides and food, click here


On the Web – Grower’s Edge

Check out the handy website, Grower’s Edge from Bayer.

It offers best practices tips and need-to-know information on managing pests and disease to get the most from your harvest.

The website’s information is suited to both those who are old hands or new to the game and unsure of where to start with a spraying program.

Bayer has brought together a series of videos and information aimed at helping growers to set-up and execute a spraying program to get the best coverage and protection possible.

For more information, click here.