Australian authority to allow glyphosate use on barley

          The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) will now permit barley producers to use glyphosate on non-malting barley crops. Glyphosate is an herbicide that is applied to rid crops of weeds.

          “Weed control is a serious issue for Australian grain growers, with herbicide resistance reducing the available options – the very best time to stop weeds is before they get started, so spray topping late season weeds, particularly ryegrass, before they set seed is a major benefit for subsequent crops,” said Andrew Weidemann, chairman of Grain Producers Australia (GPA).

          This new APVMA permit only applies for use on feed barley and does not support use on malting barley crops. The permit lasts until July 31, 2019.

          “We simply have to have the right tools available for this job in barley and that means glyphosate, which is already registered for crop topping in Australia on various pulses, canola, wheat and sorghum,” Weidemann said. “It is also registered for barley in the E.U. and North America, so the practice is well established.”

          In line with the new permit, GrainCorp released a harvest alert stating its storage facilities will not be accepting glyphosate treated barley into any Malting, Hindmarsh or Compass barley segregations. Grain treated with glyphosate will be stored within common feed grade segregations only and will not be segregated separately.

          “Australian grain is sought after by consumers for its quality and consistency,” the company said. “GrainCorp is committed to upholding the reputation of our quality assured Australian grain supply.”