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3 November 2016 - Sensible science decision on glyphosate

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Sensible science decision on glyphosate

3 November 2016

 

Grain Producers Australia (GPA) has thanked the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) for its prompt consideration and issuance of a permit for use of glyphosate on feed barley.

GPA chairman Andrew Weidemann said the response from the APVMA was a great example of sensible, science-based decision-making and the speed with which the matter had been considered would be of great benefit to grain producers ahead of harvest.

“Weed control is a serious issue for Australian grain growers, with herbicide resistance reducing the available options – the very best time to stop weeds is before they get started, so spray topping late season weeds, particularly ryegrass, before they set seed is a major benefit for subsequent crops,” he said.

“We simply have to have the right tools available for this job in barley and that means glyphosate, which is already registered for crop topping in Australia on various pulses, canola, wheat and sorghum.

“It is also registered for barley in the EU and North America, so the practice is well established.” The APVMA permit lasts until 31 July 2019 and its purpose is to support wider access to late season use of glyphosate, building on a recently expired permit. This new APVMA permit only applies for use on feed barley and does not support use on malting barley crops.

“We have had a very wet season in many cropping areas and growers have been calling for this urgently to help control fungal diseases common to ryegrass in wet areas and also lodged barley crops with large amounts of regrowth barley holding up harvesting, so the fact that the APVMA has been able to respond in time is very encouraging,” Mr Weidemann said.

“This permit announcement means Australian growers have access to the same tools as overseas competitors.

“Growers must ensure they follow the permit conditions of use, recognising that many grain buyers will require vendor declarations about in-crop chemical use.

“GPA will be working with research agencies to further the full registration of glyphosate for use on barley,” he said.

Further information - APVMA Permit number – PER82594 For pre-harvest desiccation and spray topping of weeds in specified barley (except malting barley). This permit is in force from 2 November 2016 to 31 July 2019. Permit holder – Grain Producers Australia Limited.

Further information:
http://permits.apvma.gov.au/PER82594.PDF

ENDS

For further information please contact:
Andrew Weidemann, Grain Producers Australia Ltd, Ph 0428 504 544

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Grain Producers Australia (GPA) represents Australia's broadacre, grain, pulse and oilseed producers at the national level. Broadly stated, GPA exists to foster a strong, innovative, profitable, globally competitive and environmentally sustainable grains industry in Australia.
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