Disease Control in Berry Crops

In the spring of 2016, the Ontario Berry Growers Association (OBGA) conducted a survey of its membership to poll how fungicides were being applied. The results were very interesting. Fungicide basics Generally, fungicides registered for berry crops are contact products, so coverage and timing are very important. The fungicide has to be distributed evenly on the target before […]

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The Case for Low-Drift Sprays

This article was written by Tom Wolf for “PEI Potato News Magazine”, a publication of the Prince Edward Island Potato Board (http://peipotato.org/). It is reprinted with permission. PEI Potato News Magazine “Should I be using low-drift nozzles?” It seems like a simple question with an obvious answer. We all want to reduce spray drift, and […]

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Boomless Nozzle Performance

NOTE: This article has proved very popular, and subsequently we received emails with additional information. The article has now been expanded to include work performed by Dr. Bob Wolf et al. Part 1: Boomless nozzles are used for vegetative management activities where it’s not practical, or sometimes even impossible, to use a horizontal boom. Consider highway easements […]

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Spraying Ginseng – A New Way to Spray

Timed output test. Prepare to get very wet. Sprayer must be clean and PPE is a must.

Introduction An effective ginseng protection program begins with observing the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) process: diagnose the problem, monitor the problem, control the problem, and monitor the results. When spraying is warranted, the operator should understand the basics of application technology. This not only includes the equipment, but the effects of changing spraying parameters (such […]

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What’s my Spray Quality, in 3 Simple Steps

The introduction of dicamba and 2,4-D tolerance traits in corn and soybeans will be accompanied by an unprecedented emphasis on spray drift management by the registrants. We’ve already seen promotion of low-drift nozzles at field days as well as websites dedicated to product stewardship. In addition, product label statements for 2,4-D choline and the new […]

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