What's happening out and about in Proserpine
Imidacloprid insecticides, such as Confidor® Guard are an important tool for the growth of Australian sugarcane, effectively controlling a range of canegrubs. At the same time, you would no doubt be aware of concern regarding detections of imidacloprid in waterways adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
SUGARCANE IMIDACLOPRID STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM
In order to understand the causes of waterway contamination and to find ways to address this challenge, a number of research projects have been carried out which have both highlighted a key route of the product entering the waterways, and some possible solutions.
In response, a cross-industry task force, including Bayer, Nufarm, Sugar Research Australia, and the Queensland Departments of Agriculture and Forestry, and Environment and Science, with additional input from James Cook University have developed a training package, based on these latest research findings which focuses on the correct application of imidacloprid insecticides in ratoon sugarcane.