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Chemical labels and material safety data sheets provide information about the chemical and how it should be used. Before using a chemical, you need to read these beyond the Directions for Use to ensure you're aware of safety requirements, registered uses, withholding periods and prohibited uses.
Talk to your agronomist or chemical reseller before using a new product for the first time. Labels also reference spray drift restraints and no-spray buffer zones. In Victoria, Agricultural Chemical Control Areas, or ACCAs, are set up to protect high value, herbicide sensitive crops. The types of chemicals, their application methods and when chemicals can be used are restricted in these areas.
While there's currently no general requirement for spray notification in Victoria, it is good practice to notify your neighbours if you're going to spray, especially if you're going to spray near a sensitive crop or area. It's useful to discuss with them annual plans for any adjoining paddocks. This forewarning or block planning, can become a crucial part in managing buffer zones.
There is mandatory notification in Victoria if you're using an aerial sprayer or mister within 200 metres of a hospital, aged care centre, school or children's service.
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