Grower reduces pesticide applications.
Australian farmers were among the first in the world to plant
biotech cotton in 1996, and today, more than 90 percent of the
320,000 Australian cotton hectares is planted to biotech varieties.
More than half of those varieties offer traits for both insect
protection and improved weed control - two of the greatest
challenges faced by cotton producers worldwide.
“We saw heavy insect pressure early in the season, and … the
GMO technology just eradicated any issues,” says Australian
cotton farmer Paul Brimblecombe in a new video and podcast available
at biotech-gmo.com. “In the past, up to 85 percent of our
time has been concentrating around insect monitoring. And this
year, we’ve been able to trim that percentage of time back.”
Research conducted by Brookes and Barfoot of PG Economics indicates
Australian farmers reduced pesticide applications by 9.2 million
kg between 1996 and 2004. “The lesser applications of insecticide
equates to greater than 40 kg of active chemical not being applied
within our farming area - let alone within the industry,” Brimblecombe
comments on his 2004-05 cotton production.
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