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Pesticide Usage Survey

The Pesticide Usage Survey (PUS) is a great example of what can be accomplished with 'Big Data'. This application presents pesticides relating to Great Britain from 1990 (PUS) and for the United Kingdom from 2010 onwards. Information on data collected on the use of this programme of pesticide usage surveys is commissioned by the Independent Expert Committee on Pesticides and funded by the Chemicals Regulation Directorate (CRD). Pesticides and biocides are carefully assessed prior to approval under the Plant Protection Products regulations and the Biocidal Products regulations.

PUS collects usage typically on a 2-year cycle ensuring that the main crops grown in the United Kingdom are covered at least once every four years. Arable, soft fruit, vegetable and protected edible crops are surveyed biennially with grass and fodder crops surveyed every four years. The reports detail pesticide usage on each crop in terms of weight, area and the percentage treated with specific active substances which include conventional pesticides; biopesticides & living biocontrol organisms with regards to;

  • Products, dates, rates and methods of application
  • Water volumes and tank mixing
  • Products, dates, rates and methods of application
  • Use of crop covers (selected surveys)
  • Use of growing media (selected surveys)
  • Use of pollinators (selected surveys)

Using historical data from the last 50 years a number of insights can be gained;

'Following the introduction of pyrethroids in the early 1980’s the use of insecticides on UK arable crops increased from approximately 1 million treated hectares in 1982 to over 4 million hectares in 1990’

'The main organophosphate used on orchards has been Chlorpyrifos, however, its approval has recently been lost (2016). Will this result in an increase in the use of pyrethroids following its loss?'

'The extensive use of pyrethroids in 1979/1983 on orchards - declined to a very low level in 1992' following concerns for beneficial, predatory mites

With our expert advice, knowledge of the regulatory framework and access to this extensive data, we are able to accept specific requests for data other than those available in the standard searches or published reports, which can aid your business to do more.

  • Create New Revenue Streams - Gain insights from analysing your market and its competitors with Big Data - understand the trends and look to the future where opportunities can be found
  • Perform Risk Analysis - Success not only depends on how you run your company. Predictive analytics, fuelled by Big Data allows you to scan and analyse data so that you permanently keep up to speed on the latest developments in your industry and its environment

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