Tillage management: Is your chemical store in order?

The recent snow has left land in very wet conditions. Therefore, now might be the time to catch up on some housekeeping and the chemical store is a good place to start.


All products in your chemical store must be recorded. A record sheet is available on the pesticide control service’s section of the department’s website. All documentation for cross compliance records can be found there.

What details are needed:
  • The name of the product;
  • The PCS (pesticide control service) number of the product;
  • The size of the product container;
  • All products received, used or returned should be recorded;
  • The product register should be updated as products are used.

PCS numbers

Only products with a valid PCS number should be in the chemical store. PCS numbers change regularly as products are re-registered.

It is important to use older products first, so that products with an older PCS number are not left in the chemical store.

Old or expired products

Any old, unused or out-of-date products should be disposed of correctly. Products can be brought to a farm hazardous waste collection.

Cross compliance

In the case of a cross compliance inspection, the chemical register may be checked. The register should match the crop protection records and dockets for chemicals in and out of the farm.

Chemical store checklist:
  • The chemical store should be locked;
  • ‘Chemical Store’ should be labelled clearly on the door with a warning sign;
  • Stores should be built in a way that spills or leaks cannot leave the store;
  • Stores should also have a spill kit in case any chemical spills occur;
  • There should be appropriate ventilation in walk-in stores;
  • Shelving should be made from non-absorbent material;
  • Powders should be kept above or away from liquids;
  • The store should have appropriate lighting.