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Crop Hierarchy: Revision 2 2004

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From 1 January 2015 all versions of the Crop Hierarchy will be replaced by the new Crop Definitions document. Link to Crop Definitions web page

CRD introduced the ‘Crop Hierarchy’ by way of News Update No. 49 on 20 December 2000. Full details of the hierarchy itself are available from CRD’s Website.

Since its original introduction in December 2000, CRD has received a number of queries and comments from industry on the use of the crop hierarchy. Based on these and on experience gained by CRD in operating the system, it has been decided to clarify the wording of a few of the crop hierarchy definitions and to add several new ones. Some procedural changes have also been made.

1. Procedural changes

(i) Crop/situation definitions

Applicants are requested to refer to the Crop Hierarchy guidance for advice on the appropriate way of expressing crop or situations of uses for products and (except for administrative fast stream applications) to include these terms in the draft label and the application form. If none of the terms within the crop hierarchy are considered suitable, this should be explained in the covering letter and alternative terms proposed.

(ii) Use of ‘higher tier’ terms

The ‘Situation for use’ specified on the Notice of Approval and also in the label’s ‘Statutory box/area’ will usually be defined by the relevant ‘Basic crop or situation’. However, in certain circumstances it may be possible to use primary or parent group terms or one of the ‘top level’ categories. If applicants wish to use these higher tier terms this should be specifically requested. CRD will assess the suitability of each request and advise on labelling accordingly.

(iii) Use of ‘clarifications’ to further describe certain approved situations

For certain products the situation for use (as required on safety grounds) may be wider than the intended use of the product eg a professional rose fungicide approved for use in ‘Ornamental plant production’. In such cases, if desired by the approval holder, a ‘clarification’ may be included in square brackets after the use description in the ‘Statutory box/area’ eg ‘Ornamental Plant production [roses]. Please note that this type of clarification would only usually apply to non-edible crops.

2. Addition of Newly Defined Crops/Situations to the Hierarchy

(i) Addition of ‘Durum wheat’ to the hierarchy terms

CRD is aware that the previous inclusion of durum wheat under the hierarchy term ‘wheat’ has caused some confusion to users as to whether durum wheat is approved or not. It has therefore been decided to list ‘Durum wheat’ as an additional basic crop, with this use being specified separately from that for common wheat in the Notice of Approval and Statutory box/area.

(ii) Other new crops/situations

Other newly defined crops / situations include those for millet, sorghum and canary grass (all grown in the UK principally as game cover), grain maize, crambe, sloe, bullace, sunberry, woad, hemp, saltmarsh, hedgerow, tree and grass (the last three being included under ‘Other Situations’). Also, under the Primary group ‘Agricultural herbage’, the basic crop terms ‘rotational grass’ and ‘permanent grassland’ have been combined into one for ‘grassland’. Golf fairways have moved from amenity grassland to managed amenity turf.

The term ‘green cover on land temporarily removed from production’ has been amended to ‘green cover on land not being used for crop production’ with some additional clarification of its definition.

‘Plant free areas’ has been changed from a Parent group within ‘Industrial and Amenity Areas’ to a Primary group covering industrial, horticultural / amenity and agricultural fields of use.

The changes described in this letter will be implemented from June 2004. However a record of the previous terms and definitions will be retained by PSD, with there being no need for current approvals to be amended.

We hope that you will agree that the new Crop Hierarchy includes some useful changes. If you have any queries regarding its use please contact us: Link to Contact details page

Update Reference

Regulatory Update: 04/2004

Issued: 2nd July 2004

Further information

Updated 2016-05-08