What’s with dew? – Tips with Tom #9

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When warm air is cooled, it loses some of its moisture-holding capabilities. This change often occurs at night, when plants (and other objects) cool. Once the temperature of the surface of the leaves, for example, drops below the dewpoint, it causes water to condense, forming the shiny dew that causes so many to question early […]

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The 2015 in Review: 8 Points Evaluation of Your Spray Program – Tips with Tom #12

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During post-harvest down-time, it’s important to take a much needed breather.Then, before you know it’ll be time to start the shop projects and equipment maintenance for next year, if you haven’t started already. Before you get started, though, Tom Wolf has a handy list of things to evaluate, clean up, fix or replace on the […]

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The Pros & Cons of Aerial Application – Tips with Tom #10

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Hiring an aerial applicator means fewer tracks in the crop and often a quicker spray application, but spray planes are not miraculous, says Tom Wolf. In fact, they deal with a lot of the same challenges as their well-grounded counterparts. In this last installment of his 10 part series, Tom answers some of the most […]

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Measuring Spray Coverage – Tips with Tom #8

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The importance of good spray coverage is emphasized in all kinds of agricultural publications, including product labels. But, according to Tom Wolf, “the labels are remarkably silent on what good coverage actually is and how you can actually measure it.” Tom goes on to explain that spray coverage can be defined using three main criteria: […]

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Spray Quality – Tips with Tom #7

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One of the greatest threats to lost return and non-target plant damage in spraying is drift. Spray applicators have to be conscious of all kinds of factors that affect the risk of drift, including wind speed, boom height, potential inversions and, of course, spray quality. Tom Wolf zeroes in on spray quality, explaining what it […]

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