Pesticide use controls needed, MAFF pollution study concludes

Pesticide leaching from clay soils into surface waters is greater than predicted by leaching theory due to rapid movement of water through cracks in the soil, studies by scientists from the Ministry of Agriculture (MAFF) have concluded.1 They believe that there is little prospect of controlling these losses through improved pesticide design, and the best means of reducing damaging losses to streams will be through controls on application.

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