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 , hexazinone, diuron and tebuthiuron . These include:
- Keeping records when applying chemicals
- Following label instructions when applying any agricultural chemical
- Holding recognised training for applying atrazine, ametryn, hexazinone, diuron and tebuthiuron
- Additional specific requirements for cane growers on the preparation and use of ametryn
- Additional specific requirements for graziers using tebuthiuron
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.
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.
Sugarcane growers and cattle graziers in the Wet Tropics, Burdekin and Mackay-Whitsunday regions are required to hold recognised training qualifications 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.
Mandatory requirements also apply to sugarcane growers in the Wet Tropics, Burdekin and Mackay Whitsunday regions using herbicides that contain ametryn .
Mandatory requirements also apply to cattle graziers in the Wet Tropics, Burdekin and Mackay Whitsunday regions using herbicides that contain tebuthiuron .
Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries holds useful information regarding:
Sugar Research Australia also has useful information for cane farmers, including information about: