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Streamlined spray bible on the way

Published on 02/08/2021

And he’s not just talking about new products, although there are plenty of those.

“The 2022 manual features the addition of 40 completely new proprietary registered agrichemicals and 50 new generic registered products. At the same time, 80 agrichemical products have been discontinued.

“The notable trend is the withdrawal of older chemistry that presented a high risk to users and the environment, being replaced by more target specific products, which are much safer to use and present a low risk of environmental harm.”

Meanwhile regulations relating to agrichemical use and handling have also changed since the last manual, he points out.

From the start, one of his big priorities was to keep the manual from getting physically too big while still including all the information it’s renowned for, and he’s happy to say the new one is smaller than its predecessor.

Part of that is down to taking a lot of the common mandatory information out of each label, and placing that in one separate, collective advisory section.

“These are the topics that apply to many if not all agrichemicals, for example, regulations around PPE, storage, managing spills, container disposal, decontamination and clean down, and so forth.”

The result is that each label listing in the new edition contains only content that is highly product specific, minus pieces of script that previously were repeated for every product.

“The supplementary information is still there for anyone who requires it, it’s just been given its own separate section. In many ways it will be easier to refer to those topics in this new format.”

MRL references on labels have been removed as these can and do change overtime. MPI maintains an up-to-date database online for these, he says.

New HSNO classifications have been included alongside old ones in the advisory section of the manual. The advisory section also includes the recently updated MOA classifications for herbicides.

While a large number of people continue to enjoy having a hard copy of the Novachem Agrichemical Manual, subscription to the online version has the additional benefit of providing product updates as they occur as well as being able to directly link to labels, safety information and further technical in-formation from product suppliers.

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