Spray license

Jsmith2211

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Somerset
Hello all, I'm looking at digging our old sprayer out of the shed and fixing the pump then using it for spraying off grassland and round the borders of fields with roundup. It's only a 12m sprayer so can't do the arable with it. Do I need a sprayer license for that? I was thinking I could probably buy the roundup at the garden center and just do it like that, but I've no idea how the spray license works. Are there separate ones for different sprays?

Thanks

James
 

Kidds

Member
Horticulture
Hello all, I'm looking at digging our old sprayer out of the shed and fixing the pump then using it for spraying off grassland and round the borders of fields with roundup. It's only a 12m sprayer so can't do the arable with it. Do I need a sprayer license for that? I was thinking I could probably buy the roundup at the garden center and just do it like that, but I've no idea how the spray license works. Are there separate ones for different sprays?

Thanks

James
If you don't know the answers to your question then you are not allowed to do it.
 

Lincs Lass

Member
Location
north lincs
You won't buy roundup from a garden center,,everything they have is premixed ,watered down so much ,its useless.
Look on ebay for rosate or gallup,,they don't ask for proof of spray certificates
 

Bogweevil

Member
Thanks for being so helpful.... I assume you do know the answers to my question? Would you be so kind as to share them?

Amateur products from the garden centre can be used by untrained people. It will cost you rather a lot as amateur products costly. Farm use is not on label approvals though so use around the yard consistent with home use, field use not and would be sailing very close to the wind.

You still need to do their assesments around health and safety and farm assurance.
 
To go by the book you'll need a pa something for the knapsack and god knows what else. Take heart as there are ways around this nonsense.
I don’t think there are any ways around it.............at least not within the law/farm assurance rules etc
It’s only wrong when you get caught just like drink driving, speeding, over loading a trailer or any number of things that some do every day
 

Exfarmer

Member
Location
Bury St Edmunds
You do not need any sort of licence to buy glyphosate from a chemical supplier. However you should have a licence to do any commercial work.
If you are a farmer and use the field for agriculture or amenity than it is commercial. If the field is your extended garden , then I do not believe you need any licence to spray it, but you should not then be using commercial products and only those you for amateur use. You can buy glyphosate 360 for amateur use but it. Is many times the price of comnercial product as it is only available in quantities up to half a litre or so.
I am afraid to be legal you need a ticket
 

Bogweevil

Member
It amazes me how theres all these law abiding farmers how there can ever be any accidents

Happily pesticide related incidents getting fewer as untrained practitioners either up their game or find it harder to inflict their incompetence on the industry. Amenity users now of more concern than Ag.
 

Kidds

Member
Horticulture
Thanks for being so helpful.... I assume you do know the answers to my question? Would you be so kind as to share them?
Hello all, I'm looking at digging our old sprayer out of the shed and fixing the pump The sprayer needs to have had an MOT within the last three years to be within the law, it needs to have had an MOT within the last year to comply with assurance schemes if you are in one.

then using it for spraying off grassland and round the borders of fields with roundup. It's only a 12m sprayer so can't do the arable with it. As you refer to arable I have to guess the fields are farm fields, you have to have a licence to do that

Do I need a sprayer license for that? Yes you do

I was thinking I could probably buy the roundup at the garden center You can't and just do it like that, but

I've no idea how the spray license works then I have to assume you haven't got one, see above why that matters .

Are there separate ones for different sprays? no but there are for different sprayers

Thanks

James
Hope that helps but if you are a farmer you really should know all this already, it isn't new stuff by any means.
 

Jsmith2211

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Somerset
Hope that helps but if you are a farmer you really should know all this already, it isn't new stuff by any means.
Grandad did the spraying, obviously he was under the grandfather scheme. After he died we had contractors to do it as we only had a small sprayer on a 575 and neither me nor dad know anything about the spray licenses. What is involved in getting the correct licenses and MOT?
 

ewald

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
Mid-Lincs
Best to contact your local training group - you need PA1 certificate, this is a general qualification that covers storage and use of pesticides.
After this you need PA2 - this covers the operation of a boom sprayer (anything from quad bike to self propelled monster).

Your sprayer certificate can be carried out by your sprayer dealer - if it hasn’t been used for a while, it will probably need some hoses and nozzles (at least)

The whole lot will cost quite a few hundred quid
 
Location
southwest
With some of the comments on here, it's no wonder farming is under pressure about pesticides use.

And for the totally uninitiated "pesticides" is a generic term that includes herbicides.
 

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