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Be mindful of each other during
summer spraying operations
The National Farmers Federation (NFF) is reminding
all growers to take care to minimise the impacts of
drift during this summer spraying season.
“Farmers need to remind themselves that their
actions may inadvertently affect their neighbours as
well as the broader agricultural community,” Cowra
grower and NFF Farming Systems Committee Chair
Chris Groves said.
“This season we are seeing the need for a
chemical application to fallow paddocks due to the
early summer rainfall in most cropping areas.
“This practice allows cropping operators to
conserve moisture and limit nutrient usage by
Mr Groves has called on spray unit operators to
be aware of inversion layers in the atmosphere and
their potential to carry fine spray droplets for many
“When a drift occurs, sometimes damage can
occur as far as 50-70kms down the road.
“Off-target damage causes losses to not only the
affected producers; but has the potential to cause
losses to whole communities.”
Nick Bryant of Grain Growers Limited, the peak
body representing Australian grain farmers, said
farmers had a range of online spray management
tools at their disposal.
“GrainGrowers develops and supplies three very
effective online spray management tools including
SprayWise Decisions for Nufarm, Cotton Map for
Cotton Australia and also ProductionWise.
“SprayWise Decisions provides hour-by-hour
forecasts for spray conditions up to seven days in
advance and in a choice of locations.
“Cotton Map, an initiative of Cotton Australia,
Nufarm, Cotton Research and Development
Corporation and Grains Research and Development
Corporation and hosted by GrainGrowers, is
available for free and identifies the location of
nearby cotton fields while ProductionWise can
plan and record specific spray applications on any
chosen paddock,” Mr Bryant said.
Mr Groves said taking steps to minimise the risk
of spray operations damaging neighbouring crops
was just the right thing to do.
“We all need to look out for each other in the
farming community and this is just one more way
in which we need to help each other by being
more conscious about how our actions can affect
1. Know what to do
• Read and follow label instructions – it is a legal
• Ensure spray applicators are fully trained and
2. Check the conditions
• Monitor conditions before, during and after
• Do not spray when there is a surface
temperature inversion – likely to occur between
midnight and sunrise – or when wind speeds are
3. Consider your neighbours
• Notify your neighbours of your spray plan.
• Check www.CottonMap.com.au for cotton
fields that could be impacted by drift – spray
droplets can travel further than 20kms.
4. Adjust your spray equipment
• Select nozzles that produce coarse or large
droplets and use them in accordance with the
• Minimise boom height when spraying and slow
down – high speeds significantly increase potential
Links to useful sites and tools
• Summer Weed Control Best Practice Guide, 24
hour risk profile for summer spraying, and a video
explaining the risk of temperature inversions: www.
• CottonMap website: www.cottonmap.com.au
Spraywise Decisions website: www.
• Grains Research and Development Corporation
Team Australian Agriculture on trade mission to Europe, UK
The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF)
will lead a 12-day reconnaissance mission
to the Europe Union (EU) and the United
Kingdom (UK) next week to explore new
market pathways for Australian agriculture
and to strengthen ties in the region.
NFF President Fiona Simson said the UK’s
exit from the EU represented opportunities
for Australian exports and the delegation
was about laying the groundwork to realise
“On behalf of ‘Team Australian
Agriculture’, our brief is to better acquaint
ourselves with the British and European
markets from a farmer’s perspective,” Ms
The delegation comes ahead of the
commencement of formal Government-
led trade negotiations and will comprise
representatives from across the farm sector.
Ms Simson said a focus would be
on establishing an industry-to-industry
“Our aim is to identify and formalise
relationships with EU and UK industry
associations that have common interests
with Australian producers.
The delegation is an initiative of, and,
funded by, the Department of Agriculture
and Water Resources (DAWR) under the
Agricultural Trade and Market Access
Cooperation (ATMAC) programme.
The group will attend Green Week in
Berlin, which is known as ‘The Davos
of Agribusiness’; meet with Australian
Ambassadors and High Commissioners,
and British agribusiness and industry
The delegation will also tour the
Rothamstead Research Institute with
Assistant Minister for Agriculture, the Hon.
Anne Ruston, the Port of Rotterdam and
nearby horticulture production facilities.
The delegation’s findings will be delivered
through a series of seminars, beginning
with a presentation at WA Farmers’ annual
conference in March.
Fiona Simson (NFF, President)
Tony Hegarty (NFF Board Member and
Cattle Council of Australia Vice President)
John Wallace (Sheep Producers Australia)
Terry Richardson (Australian Dairy
Luke Mathews (Grain Growers Limited,
Warren Males (CANEGROWERS, Head of
Emma Germano (Victorian Farmers
Federation - Horticulture, President)
Alison Horswill (Export and supply chain
Rachel Nicoll (NSW Farmers Association)
Maximiliane Hanft (NFF, Policy Officer)
Scott Kompo-Harms (NFF, Trade &
Economics General Manager)
The cold-hard facts
about lamb storage
If you’re putting lamb on
the barbeque this Australia
Day then you may be
interested in new research
about the impact of storage
temperatures on meat quality.
Charles Sturt University
(CSU) Master of Philosophy
Coombs’ research evaluated
lamb that had been chilled,
then frozen for periods of up
to one year.
“The experiment examined
lamb loins which were stored
chilled for up to eight weeks,
then frozen for up to one year
at two temperatures, -12 and
-18°C,” Mr Coombs said.
“We measured a number
of meat quality parameters
including tenderness, juiciness and
display colour, along with food safety
The research was carried out
through the Graham Centre for
Agricultural Innovation in conjunction
with the NSW Department of Primary
Industries (DPI) while Mr Coombs was
based at the NSW DPI Centre for
Red Meat and Sheep Development in
“Key findings were that chilled
storage improved the quality of meat
for up to two weeks, highlighted by a
marked increase in tenderness,” Mr
“However, at longer chilled storage
periods lipid oxidation increased,
spoilage microbes proliferated and
colour deteriorated more quickly upon
“Overall we concluded that the
lamb remained safe and of acceptable
eating quality for up to one year frozen
storage; and that two weeks chilled
storage was the best ageing duration
prior to freezing.
“This project aimed to identify
storage durations for frozen and chilled
meat for export purposes, but it’s
hoped the information can be used by
the wider industry.”
Mr Coombs was awarded a
Master of Philosophy at a graduation
ceremony at CSU in Wagga Wagga on
Tuesday 12 December.
His research was carried out as
part of a wider project funded by the
Australian Meat Processor Corporation
He was supervised by Graham
Centre members Adjunct Professor
David Hopkins and Dr Benjamin
Holman from NSW DPI at Cowra,
and Centre Director Professor Michael
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