Pes­ti­cide use re­vealed

The Oban Times - - FARMING -

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.

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