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Bayer Cropscience goes back to basics with spray application workshop

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Bayer CropScience  and the Centre for Pesticide Application and Safety (CPAS) recently joined forces to host a one-day “back to basics” course in optimising spray application as part of its viticulture campaign for this season.  

Attended by internal staff, resellers and growers, the joint workshop at Lancefield, Victoria featured a number of presentations and external field demonstrations by both CPAS and Bayer CropScience staff, covering topics such as adjuvants, rates and techniques for canopies, droplet size and nozzles, drift management and herbicide application.  

Bayer CropScience Product Manager, Chris Staff, said the workshop was key to meeting the company’s goal of educating the marketplace about the necessity of using optimum spray application techniques.  

“Optimising spray application is an issue of increasing importance across many crops, not just grapes,” said Chris.  

“For example, tighter regulations, increased input costs, higher pressure for minimising environmental impact and the ongoing drive for reducing operating costs means there is more pressure on growers than ever before to achieve the very best from their spray treatments,” he said.  

Ben Rose, a Viticulturist and Graduate Valuer at Performance ViticulturePLUS, attended the workshop on behalf of the industry.  

“My role at the application workshop was to provide feedback to Bayer regarding the issues that private industry is having with Bayer products, such as certain products not working as effectively as they should.  

“Attending the workshop made me realise that we have forgotten how to best apply the products. For example, we need to replace the volume of air within the grapevine canopy with chemical laden air – that’s how we increase the coverage and efficacy of the product.  

“On that basis, I found this workshop very valuable and I have been passing on the knowledge gained to my clients,” said Ben.  

Recognising the large range of Bayer CropScience products applied via spray treatment, the company’s decision to partner with CPAS – the leading authority on spray application techniques across a range of crops – was driven by the desire to educate even those advanced in the field so that emerging best practice developments could trickle down through the industry.  

In turn, the workshop focussed on how crucial even the simplest elements of crop spraying, such as setting up the equipment, selecting the correct nozzle and knowing how to save water, are vital in providing not only the most effective results, but real value and back-end efficiency.  

The Bayer CropScience team were excited by the response to the spray application workshop and said that the focus on product innovation and efficiency provided a number of handy hints to even the most experienced personnel.  

“At Bayer CropScience, we place a lot of emphasis on product stewardship and if that means going back to basics to show how more can be achieved with the latest products and spray application techniques, then we are happy to do that,” said Chris.  

“What’s more, Bayer CropScience is all about increasing efficiency and by working with CPAS in conducting this workshop, internal staff, resellers and growers can go away rejuvenated with knowledge and true expert advice that will spread through the industry as they work with clients and colleagues in the field,” Chris concluded.

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