North East Post-Plant Granular Aerial Herbicide Programme
HVP Plantations wish to advise of upcoming granular herbicide operations in the North East 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. Areas treated include plantations located at Shelley, Stockyard, Stanley, Bright, Buffalo Dam, Havilah, Myrtleford, Toombullups, Warrenbayne and Mountain Bay.
A helicopter will be used to accurately broadcast the herbicide. Where it is unsuitable to use a helicopter, ground based spot application will be undertaken. The operation is scheduled to commence in mid-September, take approximately 2 weeks to complete, and will be delayed if conditions are not suitable.
HVP will install on ground signage in advance of the operation to highlight the specific area to be treated. Buffer zones are employed and 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.
The operation is being used to ensure that the newly planted trees 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 25 year rotation.
The use of herbicides in Victoria is in accordance with the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Control of Use) Act 1992 and Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Control of Use) Regulations 2017. Further Information can be found at http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/agriculture/farm-management/chemical-use/agricultural-chemical-use/whats-new
Maps showing the location of the planned operations are found using the links below.