New permit for glyphosate crop topping

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Grain Producers Australia chairman Andrew Weidemann.
Camera IconGrain Producers Australia chairman Andrew Weidemann. Credit: Danella Bevis

An 11th hour decision will allow growers to spray top and desiccate feed barley with glyphosate this harvest after the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority issued a late-season glyphosate permit for feed barley.

The permit will expire on April 30 but gives Australian grain growers reassurance after the previous permit expired on July 31.

Grain Producers Australia chairman Andrew Weidemann said the permit would allow grain producers and traders to put appropriate plans in place for the upcoming harvest.

“GPA would like to thank the APVMA for the timely review and approval of this permit,” he said.

The permit is for pre-harvest desiccation and spray topping of weeds in specified barley (except malting barley) under permit number PER82594 (v2).

It extends the practice of late-season glyphosate application on feed barley from the original permit, which was issued on November 2, 2016.

Mr Weidemann urged growers to remember the “importance of stewardship of pesticide products, including glyphosate”.

“The conditions of use, directions and restraints of the permit must be followed,” the statement said.

“Declarations of use may also be required and complied with as directed by buyers and traders.”

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