Pesticide use revealed
NINETY-EIGHT per cent of arable crops were treated with pesticide last year, with a combined weight of 1,490 tonnes, a new government survey into pesticide usage has revealed.
The figures were disclosed in three reports published by Scotland’s chief statistician: pesticide use on arable crops and potato stores in 2016, pesticide use on soft fruit crops in 2016 and rodenticides on arable farms 2016.
Fungicides were the most frequently used pesticides on arable crops, followed by herbicides and insecticides. Overall, pesticide application was very similar to that reported in the previous survey in 2014.
For the first time information was collected about grower adoption of integrated pest management (IPM) measures in relation to risk management, pest monitoring and pest control. In relation to pesticide use on stored potatoes, 47 per cent of seed potatoes and 11 per cent of ware potatoes were treated with a pesticide in 2016. These proportions are the same as reported in 2014.
Ninety four per cent of soft fruit crops in Scotland were treated with pesticides, with a total combined weight of 14.7 tonnes. Insecticides/acaricides and fungicides were the main pesticide types encountered.
Overall pesticide application was 32 per cent lower in 2016 than reported in 2014. Growers were using a variety of IPM methods in relation to risk management, pest monitoring and pest control.