The next generation of agricultural technologies and systems is the focus of three USDA-funded research projects in the Biological Systems Engineering Department at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. The projects were announced Oct. 17 by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s (NIFA) Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI).
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.
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.
The number of pesticide drift complaints to the Nebraska Department of Agriculture is higher than normal this year. The author reminds growers of critical steps to avoid pesticide drift to unintended targets like trees, shrubs, and off-target crops.