The following links are to best management practices (BMPs) for applying pesticides in a manner to management, mitigate, or reduce spray drift from the intended target site. These links are to BMP documents that may include practices for one or more application methods, such as ground boom, aerial, and airblast.
Australia I Belgium I Canada I Germany I Hungary I Netherlands I New Zealand I Switzerland I
Courtesy of German JKI
- AERIAL: Belgian guidance that includes all the requirements for aerial application (only helicopter application can be authorized). www.phytoweb.fgov.be (in the French section, under « infos pour l’industrie – guide du demandeur d’agréation », see Annex XXVIII) (only in French).
Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA)
Ontario Ministry of Agricultural Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)
Province of Quebec
La dérive des pesticides : prudence et solutions (Report in French by Marlène Piché, Msc.)
- AERIAL: German Guidelines (in English) for the application of Plant Protection Products with the use of aircraft, 2nd edition, 1991). The guideline will be soon revised to adapt it to the EU regulations following the framework directive for a sustainable use of pesticides (Directive 2009/128/EC, article 9)
- AERIAL: Hungarian documentation (in English) on good/best practices for pesticide aerial application: "Aerial Plant Protection Work in Agriculture in Hungary".
Best practices are given at:
- AERIAL: Contents page for the National Certificate in Aerial Application of Agrichemicals in New Zealand. All pilots must have this certificate in order to apply agrichemicals in New Zealand.
- AERIAL: Spreadsheet showing a checklist which outlines the requirements of the New Zealand Agricultural Aviation Association (NZAAA) accreditation scheme for aerial spraying. This accreditation scheme has been developed by the aerial application industry and is currently voluntary, although a mechanism whereby it becomes mandatory is actively being considered. The NZAAA also have a checklist for fertilizers and Vertebrate Toxic Agents (VTAs) – see www.nzaaa.co.nz.
Health and Safety Executive, Chemicals Regulation Directorate (Pesticides)
Advice to Growers
- Officially recognised LERAP low drift rating spray equipment Local Environment Risk Assessment for Pesticides (LERAP) - guidance about the scheme