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South West Post Plant Aerial Program

September 8, 2016

 

HVP Plantations wish to advise of upcoming herbicide operations in the plantations in the South Western region of Victoria.

This weed management operation will see the application of a granular form of hexazinone applied to this year’s re-planted areas.

A helicopter will be used to accurately broadcast the planting area. Where it is unsuitable to use the helicopter, ground based machinery or hand application will be undertaken. The operation is scheduled to commence in mid-September. The program will be delayed if conditions are not suitable.

 

HVP will install on ground signage in advance of the operation to highlight the specific areas to be treated. Buffer zones are employed ensure the operation is safe and contained.  Buffers of 200m are applied between the operation and residential dwellings and 30m between the operation and protected waterways and adjoining properties.

 

This operation is being used to ensure that the newly planted seedlings have reduced competition for water and nutrients this summer.   By ensuring effective weed control at this early stage of growth, herbicide applications are generally limited to this one period over the 30-year rotation.

 

Hexazinone is the active constituent in Velmac G, a granular product used as a broad spectrum herbicide. It is used to control grasses, broadleaf and woody plants.

Hexazinone is relatively soluble, with application rates of 12 kg/ha.

The use of herbicide in Victoria is in accordance with the Agriculture and Veterinary Chemicals (Control of Use) (Herbicide) Regulations 2005.  Further information can be found at www.agriculture.vic.gov.au

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