Familiar practices that contribute to good stewardship in agriculture include Integrated Pest Management; responsible use of products to ensure the safety of people, animals and the environment; resistance management; spray optimisation; container recycling through drumMUSTER and many more. Stewardship is a joint responsibility and requires contributions from many involved in the industry.
In celebration of Stewardship Day at Corteva, we value the opportunity to recognise the efforts of growers and our Corteva team in contributing to stewardship.
Throughout 2020, one of Corteva’s reputable Territory Account Managers Kate Daly relished the opportunity to work closely with local Burdekin producers Tom & Michell Pontarelli of Pontarelli Farms and their key supplier EE Muir and Sons agronomist Tom Andison. The team combined efforts to help Tom achieve his goal of incorporating an Integrated Pest Management approach on farm and develop a stronger understanding of effective spray application. Read more about Kate’s work with Pontarelli Farms here.
The Corteva team has also facilitated a field day in a macadamia orchard near Lismore in NSW. The field day sought to demonstrate the importance of considering the many aspects to spray application and adjusting spray equipment to obtain good spray coverage and efficacy. The field day was accompanied by the orchard spray optimisation guide, a resource to help orchard growers achieve effective spray application. Read more about the field day, watch the video and access the spray optimisation guide here.
We are supporting growers in their efforts towards stewardship through providing tools that enable them to do so. In September 2020 Corteva launched Entrust Organic a naturally derived insecticide based on metabolites produced by the fermentation of naturally occurring soil organisms. The product has a favourable environmental and end user safety profile and has been a valuable resource for growers to utilise. Learn more about the impact Entrust Organic is having in horticulture.
Globally, Corteva Agriscience is committed to 14 sustainability goals over 10 years, which span a wide range of initiatives for farmers, the land, communities where employees and customers live and work, and in its own operations. Improvements in soil health, on-farm productivity, climate action, water stewardship, biodiversity, supply chain transparency and worker safety, among others, are included.
If you'd like to find out more or for further information please contact Steph Tabone, our Regulatory and Stewardship Manager here.