Winter spray warning for crops

Farmers should think carefully before applying winter treatments to crops, the Voluntary Initiative has warned.

Prolonged wet weather and snow in much of the country meant winter spray programmes were behind schedule and time was running out for some applications, said VI manager Patrick Goldsworthy. But growers shouldn’t be tempted to spray when soils were frozen or waterlogged and should wait until field drains had stopped running, he warned.

“Melting snow is likely to result in saturated soils and recently applied pesticides could be lost in run-off or field drainage, ” he said.

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