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Hosted by Samantha Teten and Jackson Stansell — graduate students in UNL's Department of Biological Systems Engineering and Nebraska Extension Digital Agriculture team members — FarmBits Podcast is a weekly series highlighting new innovations and trends in digital agriculture through interviews with academic experts, farmers and industry specialists.

FarmBits Podcast: Seeing is Believing

August 19, 2021
Franklin Peitz, John Deere product marketing manager, shares operation and performance highlights of John Deere's newly available See & Spray Select system, the first public selective spraying system.

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Hosted by Samantha Teten and Jackson Stansell — graduate students in UNL's Department of Biological Systems Engineering and Nebraska Extension Digital Agriculture team members — FarmBits Podcast is a weekly series highlighting new innovations and trends in digital agriculture through interviews with academic experts, farmers and industry specialists.

FarmBits Podcast: Spray Tech Savvy

August 13, 2021
Sam Marx, UNL research technologist, discusses PWM technology, challenges in the spray application industry, and his work to improve the efficiency of spray nozzle designs using computational fluid dynamics.

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Chemical sprayer application in the field

How Clean is Your Sprayer? Study Participants Needed

May 10, 2019
University researchers are seeking 30 Nebraska spray applicators for a sprayer cleanout study. The study will help extension application educators learn about applicator practices and how to direct their educational efforts.

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Spraying a field
Figure 1. Thoroughly cleaning a sprayer after pesticide application is necessary to avoid potential off-target contamination. Just one drop of dicamba can cause visible injury to three acres of crops.

Think Your Sprayer's Clean? Think Again

June 6, 2018
A 120-foot sprayer can have as many as 96 nozzles and screens and stow away as much as 15 gallons of pesticide residue in its nooks and crannies after an application is done. Consider these tips for thoroughly cleaning your sprayer to avoid off-target contamination.

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Pulse width modulation sprayer
Figure 1. The Capstan PinPoint® pulse-width modulation (PWM) sprayer used for this research is shown at the Palmer amaranth field site located near Beaver City. (Photos by Thomas Butts)

Precise Spray Droplet Sizes for Optimizing Herbicide Applications

April 10, 2018
Achieving the most effective and consistent spray droplet size helps provide for precision application of pesticides, which saves input costs and reduces off-target movement. University researchers using a pulse-width modulation sprayer studied the best droplet size for effective weed control with six herbicides used in Nebraska crop production.

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Greg Kruger demonstrating pesticide sprayer adjustments

Pesticide Spray Clinic March 6 in Syracuse

February 23, 2018
Learn enhanced stewardship for dicamba and 2,4-D, how to better mitigate spray drift, and nozzle recommendations to improve control of troublesome weeds among other topics at an advanced clinic for pesticide spray applicators March 6 in Syracuse.

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Sprayer hose test

Removing Dicamba Residues from Your Sprayer: A Tricky Task

February 15, 2018
Thoroughly cleaning your sprayer both before and after applying dicamba is required and can help reduce the potential for off-target damage. Check these recommended practices and see what research at Mississippi State University found when testing sprayer hoses.

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An eastern Nebraska field with dicamba injury.
This eastern Nebraska soybean field was injured by off-target dicamba movement to a sensitive crop. Applying best management practices to all dicamba applications can help reduce the likelihood of similar whole-field damage in 2018.

Can We Manage Dicamba Applications in 2018?

February 15, 2018
Factors leading to dicamba injury and how growers will need to practice best management practices with all dicamba applications in 2018 to help reduce injury to susceptible crops and other plants. This article discusses key practices to implement.

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