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TITLE:  Cotton pesticide use falls 65%
SOURCE: cotton World, Australia, by Dallas Gibb
DATE:   Jul 25, 2003

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Cotton pesticide use falls 65%

THE annual research review by the Australian Cotton Co-operative Research
Centre has revealed major progress by the cotton industry in reducing the
volume of chemicals applied to crops to arrest insect damage. TRIBUTE to
growers ...

Research shows that the amount of insecticide applied in 2002 to
conventional cotton fields was 65% less than in the late 1990s, and the
amount applied to genetically modified (Bt cotton) fields was 80%.

During the mid to late-1990s, conventional cotton crops received an
average of 11 sprays per season at a cost of $500 to $800 a hectare,
which was clearly unsustainable.

Not only are growers reducing their use of insecticides and improving
farm profits, but the majority (almost 70%) are also committed to
conserving beneficial insects, to using pesticides more selectively, and
to the use of plant monitoring to improve pest management decisions.

Joint Cotton CRC program leaders, Dallas Gibb (NSW Agriculture) and Geoff
McIntyre (Queensland Department of Primary Industries), said the benefits
of this reduction in pesticide use were flowing through to local
communities and to the environment.

They said these achievements would not have been possible without large-
scale grower involvement in area wide management groups that coordinate
regional pest management activities, and their ready acceptance of
integrated pest management tools and strategies.

The CRC's research into integrated pest management and decision support
systems developed within CRC programs provided a valuable foundation for
the insecticide reduction program, as did the valuable work of the CRC's
national extension network in facilitating the adoption of industry best

The CRC research review was held at the University of New England
Armidale on July 23-24. More than 130 researchers from the Northern
Territory, Western Australia, Queensland, NSW, Victoria and the ACT
presented the results of cotton research projects and programs, and
discussed future research directions.


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