Spray drift is a topic that has come under increasing focus as the general public take more interest in pesticides, their use and their residues. Spray drift can cause damage to neighbouring crops, the wider environment as well as farming’s image with the public. Not only does it mean valuable product has failed to reach the crop but undesirable and illegal residues can potentially be found in sensitive crops and foodstuffs, placing further pressure on pesticide use. Examples of this include glyphosate contaminating valuable seed potato crops leading to significant compensation claims due to the hugely damaging effects on daughter tubers.
Sign up to the FAS newsletter
Receive updates on news, events and publications from Scotland’s Farm Advisory Service