New Southeast Nebraska Sprayer Clinic Feb. 8

New Southeast Nebraska Sprayer Clinic Feb. 8 January 27, 2017

The Southeast Nebraska Corn Growers Association and Nebraska Extension are teaming up to sponsor a new activity for area pesticide spray operators.  A sprayer applicator clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wedneday, Feb. 8 at the 4-H Building in Crete at the Tuxedo Park and Fairgrounds. Doors will open for registration at 9 a.m.

Greg Kruger at sprayer training
Figure 1. Greg Kruger, Nebraska Extension weed science and pesticide application technology specialist, demonstrating nozzle spray pattern differences at another Nebraska Extension training event.

“By attending this clinic, you will be a better prepared spray applicator,” said Greg Kruger, Nebraska Extension weed science and pesticide application technology specialist at the West Central Research and Extension Center. Kruger will be pulling his mobile pesticide application laboratory inside the 4-H Building.

Host Extension Educator Randy Pryor said pesticide applicators will learn about the enhanced stewardship needed with dicamba and 2,4-D.  Kruger will cover the new spray nozzle recommendations and what applicators need to consider doing now for better control of difficult-to-control weeds like marestail, waterhemp, and palmar amaranth.  There will be a hands-on demonstration with a miniature wind tunnel, a spray table equipped with lighting, pulse width modulation and other technologies used in the industry. 

The clinic will cover the importance of wind speed, wind direction, boom height, droplet size, and distance to sensitive areas with a particular nozzle selection.  It’s imperative that today’s professional spray operator learn simple things that can be done to mitigate drift incidences and decrease liability claims in the agricultural industry. How to manage tank mixtures and spray adjuvants that can change droplet size will be covered thoroughly in this clinic.

This is a sponsored event including the meal, so please pre-register for meal count by Friday, February 3 at http://go.unl.edu/sprayerclinic.

For more information, contact the Nebraska Extension Office in Saline County at 402-821-2151 or rpryor1@unl.edu.