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The Voluntary Initiative (VI)

Oilseed Rape, today a common sight in lowland Britain. Image Copyright S.Hallett, CSAI, Cranfield University.

The Voluntary Initiative (VI) undertook a review of LandIS data combined with predictions from CSAI's Catchment Information System CatchIS in the Ugie catchment, Scotland, producing and validating a surface water risk assessment map for the pesticide IPU showing the spatial patterns of risk due to the pesticide properties, soil and climate.

The VI are concerning with identifying best practice for the sustainable use of pesticides on agricultural cropland. Oilseed rape, as shown here, often receives early crop sprays of actives such as Carbetimide. LandIS data can be used to identify the fate and behavious of these diffusely applied chemicals.

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