Crop Protection

Last updated: 31 Jul 2014

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Crop Protection guidance: latest guidance from the CFE

Please click here to read the latest CFE guidance on crop protection.

The CFE highlights best practiceand the responsible use ofcrop protection products on farm.

Modern farming needs to control weeds, pests and diseases to avoid yield loss, reduced quality and spoilage in store, through a range of techniques such as crop rotation, cultivation, varietal choice as well as biological and chemical controls. Usually these techniques are integrated in the farming system and supported by expert advice from a BASIS-registered agronomist.

Pesticides are an important element. Their potential impact on operators, consumers, wildlife and the wider environment means they are highly regulated and use on farm requires the utmost diligence.

Effective and integrated crop protection management using a range of techniques helps control insect pests, weeds and diseases while minimising environmental impacts.

Good crop husbandry and a healthy crop can ensure that pesticide use is minimised. A soil with good structure, organic matter content and diverse soil biology will help ensure a well-rooted crop and good yields. It will also reduce the risk of run-off and erosion, help protect the environment, provide resilience to weather effects, such as floods and drought as well as helping to reduce inputs by ensuring nutrients and water are utilised correctly.

The CFE's crop protection guidance was written in partnership with the Vouluntary Initiative. For more information see the Voluntary Initiative website

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