New stewardship guidelines aimed at protecting workers hand pulling bolters and weed beet from sugar beet crops are being introduced.
The new guidelines from Bayer specify timescales and clothing requirements for workers hand-pulling bolters and weed beet from sugar beet crops. Where this has not been completed before spraying, workers should not re-enter the field within 48 hours of spraying.
Thereafter, and up to 10 days after spraying, pulling can be continued by workers wearing appropriate work wear, including boots, gloves and long trousers – and waterproof trousers if the crop is wet.
From 10 days after spraying there are no requirements and these guidelines do not apply to those visiting sugar beet crops for short periods such as agronomists when crop walking.
Bayer is contacting the growers and gang-masters involved in this activity to inform them of the new guidelines and is asking all those with responsibility for workers in sugar beet fields this summer to adopt the new stewardship guidelines. A recording template is available at www.cropscience.bayer.co.uk/beet-cropworker-template.