Lower Hunter vignerons claim pesticides killing crops
It appears the impact of spray drift on Hunter Valley vineyards is more widespread than first thought. Last week, grape growers near Denman revealed their plants are being harmed when the weed killer 2,4-D blows over their vineyards. Now a vigneron near Clarence Town has reported his grape crop has been all but destroyed by phenoxy herbicides. Ross Arnott said he does not know where the chemicals are coming from. “It’s coming in in plumes,” he said.