Ban on straw burning may increase pesticide threat to waters

Weed problems in cereal crops will increase following the ban on straw burning due to take effect at the end of 1993, studies by the Agricultural Development and Advisory Service (ADAS) and the Institute of Arable Crops Research (IACR) have shown. Controlling the weeds is likely to mean more widespread applications of the herbicides chlortoluron and isoproturon, which are already contaminating water supplies.

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