VI OSR Herbicides? Think Water Instead Brook (north Suffolk) catchment breakfast meeting – July 20

OSR Herbicides? Think Water - Instead Brook (North Suffolk) catchment breakfast meeting


When: 20 July 2017

Where: The Scole Inn, The Street, Scole, IP21 4DR

Time: Arrival from 8:00 for bacon butty, 8:30 start. The meeting will close by 10:30 am.

BASIS CPD points are available for attendance.


The level of OSR herbicides in watercourses in the Instead Brook catchment (see attached map and description below) could lead to restrictions on the use of these products. The VI is hosting a breakfast meeting to discuss pragmatic solutions for the Instead Brook catchment that are workable on farm. Through the OSR Herbicides? Think Water campaign, funding from the CPA is available to trial measures in the Instead Brook catchment that may keep OSR herbicides out of watercourses in the area.

Input from agronomists working in the catchment would be incredibly valuable in determining what measures would be appropriate for the area and worth trailing.

The discussion will be opened by a talk by Dr Stephen Moss on methods for blackgrass management, including the role of OSR as part of rotation planning. Ian Skinner from Essex & Suffolk Water will provide information to attendees on the levels of OSR herbicides detected in water in the Instead Brook catchment and its contribution to those found in drinking water abstraction from the Waveney.

The CPA is coordinating the meeting logistics for this event. Reservation is critical. Please reserve your spot (and your breakfast!) at the meeting by contacting Wendy Gray  (01733 355374).

About Instead Brook

Instead Brook is a tributary to the River Waveney which itself is a drinking water source for Essex and Suffolk Water. It is located in north Suffolk between Diss and Halesworth centred around the village of Fressingfield (IP21 5PE).

The catchment area is 4,200 Ha which includes 36 farms over 40 Ha. It is bounded to the west by the Chickering Beck catchment and to the east by the Metfield Stream. There are two distinct arms to the Instead Brook. The eastern arm stretches southwards as far as the edge of Cratfield and Laxfield while the western arm runs through much of Wingfield and Stradbroke and reaches to the edge of Wilby and Brundish. The two arms meet to the south of the bridge on Dale Road.  It then flows as one stream for 3 kms until it enters the River Waveney a short distance downstream of Needham Mill.

Current detections show regular exceedances of propyzamide and clopyralid, the latter herbicide is also associated with use on sugar beet which may be a factor in this area.

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