Wind-blown dust from access roads and yards around equipment and packing sheds has long been a challenge on cropping farms, orchards and vineyards across New Zealand.
is kicked up as
a result of the
block, and also
during the dry
months of the
The final resting place for all of this dust can be on fruit and vegetable crops, in waterways, and also in the respiratory tracts of people and livestock. Fine, airborne dust is a respiratory hazard in itself, but is also the transport mechanism for other microbes, pathogens and even organisms such as the European spider mite – a significant pest in the pipfruit industry. Other impacts include:
- Reduced crop yields
- Reduced effectiveness of spray coverage and the expected control of pests and diseases
- Blocked water supplies and drainage channels
- Damage of crop transported through potholed, bumpy tracks and yards
- Machine operator safety and increased farm equipment maintenance costs
New Zealand horticultural industry experts PGG Wrightson is now working with Global Road Technology, an independent, Australian owned polymer-engineering company which provides dust suppression and erosion control products for the rural sector.
We’re pleased to introduce the full range of Global Road Technology (GRT) dust, erosion, and road construction and maintenance products in New Zealand via Fruitfed Supplies and PGG Wrightson,says Daniel.
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products on the
Growers have talked with me about the need to get water tankers in to control dust on service tracks and apple bin loading areas, how they have outbreaks of European red mite on rows of trees nearest to dusty service tracks causing low apple colour and smaller fruit size, how pot-holed service tracks cause bruised apples while moving full bins to load out areas and how the reformed Health & Safety Act means they need a better dust control option than water.
Experience in other markets shows that as well as providing effective dust control, GRT’s products also maintain tracks and yards in good condition, preventing the creation of potholes and puddles all year around.
Among the first GRT products available in New Zealand for the horticultural and agricultural sectors are:
is a liquid
use on farm
to 95% of dust
up to two
months. It is
water and can
water trucks or
GRT Wet-Loc is a clear, synthetic fluid that is applied neat. Formulated to meet the highest environmental standards, GRT Wet-Loc is non-toxic and non-corrosive. It permeates deep into the finest of dust particles, weighing them down securely like water, but without the threat of evaporation or freezing to handle heavy wear and tight turning areas such as storage, packing, and loading yards. With correct dosage and application, it can remain actively effective for up to 12 months, regardless of the weather or severity of traffic.
and is working
Reduce the issue of dust in your horticultural operation and help reduce the risk of plant and fruit disease, improve crop yields, conserve topsoil and save water, reduce the incidence of fruit damage and wastage, help prevent air pollution, achieve industry compliance standards, and improve the safe working environment for your staff.