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Managing agricultural chemicals

Use of chemicals is an integral part of modern farming, however protecting the people that are exposed to them and reducing their loss to the environment and the Great Barrier Reef is crucial. Cane farmers and graziers are required to follow specific requirements for the use of atrazine, ametryn (PDF, 359 KB) , hexazinone, diuron and tebuthiuron (PDF, 384 KB) . These include:

Keeping records when applying chemicals

Sugarcane growers and cattle graziers in the Wet Tropics, Burdekin and Mackay-Whitsunday regions are required to keep records when using agricultural chemicals.

The Active Constituent Calculator (XLS, 144KB) is a simple tool that can help you calculate the amount of agricultural chemical being used. Once you calculate this amount, you can use it in your record keeping.

Following labels

All registered agricultural chemical products have instructions listed on their labels that you need to follow.

Agricultural chemical labels will help you to identify the correct chemical to use on your property as well as provide you with directions for use, safety information and specific conditions. More information about chemical labels is available on the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) website.

Please note significant changes have been made to diuron product label conditions by the APVMA.

Holding recognised training for applying certain chemicals

Sugarcane growers and cattle graziers in the Wet Tropics, Burdekin and Mackay-Whitsunday regions are required to hold recognised training qualifications (PDF, 423 KB) if using or supervising the use of herbicides containing atrazine, ametryn, hexazinone, diuron in sugarcane and tebuthiuron on cattle grazing properties. Training covers weed control, and the handling, preparing, applying, transporting and storing of chemicals. Department of Agriculture and Fisheries has more information about licences and permits that are required.

Additional specific requirements for cane growers using ametryn

Mandatory requirements also apply to sugarcane growers in the Wet Tropics, Burdekin and Mackay Whitsunday regions using herbicides that contain ametryn (PDF, 359 KB) .

Additional specific requirements for graziers using tebuthiuron

Mandatory requirements also apply to cattle graziers in the Wet Tropics, Burdekin and Mackay Whitsunday regions using herbicides that contain tebuthiuron (PDF, 384 KB) .

More information

Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries holds useful information regarding:

Sugar Research Australia also has useful information for cane farmers, including information about: