Sprayer operators regularly apply pesticides to ensure the health and marketability of their crops. A successful application requires three things:
- An understanding of safe pesticide handling,
- criteria for what and when to spray, and
- the requisite skill to apply pesticides effectively and efficiently.
Generally, grower pesticide safety certification programs focus on the safe handling, storage and use of pesticides, but do not provide crop protection recommendations.
When this not-for-profit website was launched at the end of 2013, it was based on Airblast 101: a four hour classroom-based course designed to provide participants with practical tools to allow them to apply pesticides, plant growth modifiers and foliar nutrients in an effective, economic and environmentally responsible manner. Developed by Dr. Jason Deveau of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs in association with Croplife Canada, the course, and companion website, were created to introduce a new operator to spraying, or to refresh a seasoned veteran.
In 2014, Dr. Tom Wolf of Agrimetrix Research & Training (Saskatoon) came on board. Thanks to Tom, the website was re-imagined and greatly expanded to include field sprayer resources. In 2015, we re-launched as Sprayers 101.
The website and it’s content continues to grow and evolve thanks to contributions from international experts in the field of application technology. On behalf of Jason (Spray_Guy) and Tom (Nozzle_Guy), thanks for visiting the website and feel free to contact us via Twitter with any questions or comments.