Pesticide Drift

The Department of Biological Systems Engineering on the university's East Campus is home to three newly funded USDA grants advancing the development application of new ag technologies. Chase Hall, home to BSE, is shown on the right with the Nebraska Tractor Test Laboratory and testing track in the background

Engineering Research Focusing on Next Generation of Ag Technologies November 2, 2017

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).

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Greg Kruger, Nebraska Extension Weed Science and Application Technology Specialist, presenting sprayer nozzle information at a previous event.

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.

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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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Herbicide drift damage to a hills oak.
Herbicide drift damage to a hills oak.

Pesticide Drift Tree Damage Reports Up this Spring May 19, 2016

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.

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Neighbor-to-Neighbor Communication Key to Avoiding Drift Damage March 18, 2016

Talking With Each Other: Traditional and Alternative Agriculture

Good neighbors in rural Nebraska keep open the lines of communication and work together — important for growers of both traditional row crops and alternative crops.

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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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