New 2,4-D label instructions to reduce spray drift incidents

4 October 2018

The APVMA is taking proactive action for the 2018 summer spraying season to reduce the likelihood of spray drift damage.

As of 3 October 2018, the new 2,4-D label instructions came into effect and old labels have been suspended. Users of 2,4-D must comply with the new label instructions, even if they are using products with the old labels.

The APVMA has issued permit PER 87174 "The New Instructions" to allow persons to possess, have custody of, supply, and/or use 2,4-D products currently on farm and in retail outlets. Supply at the point of retail sale must occur with the new instructions being provided with each container supplied.

A copy of the permit can be found here

These changes affect about 220 products, and the new instructions for use include:

  • a requirement not to spray in inversion conditions and additional information on recognising inversion conditions
  • downwind mandatory no spray zones for both aquatic and terrestrial off target vegetation (including sensitive crops, gardens, landscaping vegetation, protected native vegetation or protected animal habitat)
  • a requirement to use nozzles producing droplets no smaller than the Very Coarse spray quality category
  • mandatory record keeping requirements, and
  • advisory statements about spray application over summer.

The new requirements do not change or restrict other aspects of the currently approved use patterns and should not affect availability of the product.

Products containing 2,4-D continue to be under review by the APVMA.

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