Pesticide Application

Nebraska Extension Specialist Greg Kruger demonstrates how to clean a sprayer to remoove all pesticide residue.
Nebraska Extension Specialist Greg Kruger demonstrates how to clean a sprayer to remoove all pesticide residue

Cleaning Pesticide Application Equipment July 6, 2016

Careless cleanup of pesticide application equipment is a main cause of equipment failure or malfunction. Always clean application equipment immediately after use, as dried pesticides are harder to remove, and at a location where any spilled rinsate won’t contaminate water supplies or other crops. This article offers recommendations for cleaning and storing application equipment and how to stay safe when doing it.

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Photo of ground fog indicating a temperature inversion
Photo of ground fog indicating a temperature inversion

Pesticide Particles Can Drift Afar through Inversion Phenomenon May 25, 2016

Pesticide applicators must be aware of changing weather conditions to make proper applications and reduce the chance for off-target drift. Off-target drift can damage sensitive crops, other plants, trees, and shrubs, as well as harm people, pollinators, and animals.

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Calibrating Your Sprayer for Effective Application March 18, 2016

Uneven pressure throughout the sprayer boom can mean uneven application of pesticides. The first step in sprayer calibration is to determine that the spray pressure is equal throughout the spray boom.

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Setting the Sprayer Flow Rate for Non-Water Solutions March 18, 2016

Table 1. Conversion Factors for Solutions other than Water at 60° F.

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NDA Director Ibach Urges Use of DriftWatch March 18, 2016

As trees and plants green up and soil temperatures rise across the state, farm operations of all sizes and types are getting set to begin another planting season.

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Improving Pesticide Efficacy and Managing Spray Drift March 17, 2016

In pesticide application, two important factors are pesticide efficacy and spray drift management. The goal is to achieve 100% pest control with 0% spray drift. As with most situations where you can’t control all the variables, achieving this goal is a tall order.

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UNL Pest Management Guide — a Key Tool for Pesticide Application March 16, 2016

Sample sprayer applicator nozzle tables from EC130
Figure 1. Sample tables from the Nebraska Extension Guide for Weed, Disease, and Insect Management in Nebraska. (Left) Recommended or required spay droplet size and carrier rate listed on pesticide labels.

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Greg Kruger
Greg Kruger, Nebraska Extension Weed Science and Application Technology Specialist, demonstrating sprayer nozzle features.

Pesticide Sprayer Nozzle Selection Workshop Jan. 15 at ARDC January 6, 2016

Using the right pesticide sprayer nozzle for the job can improve application efficiency, reduce spray drift, and save you money in the long run. But with all the nozzles available and new nozzle recommendations on pesticide labels, how can you be sure you're making the best selection? Find out at a Nebraska Extension workshop on Nozzle Selection and Pest Management Practices with Pesticides Jan. 15 at the UNL ARDC in Mead.

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