Choosing Nozzles for Diverse Applications – Tips with Tom #3

After running through your sprayer’s routine maintenance, it’s time to assess the suitability of its nozzles for upcoming applications, and, let’s face it, that decision can be pretty complicated. Besides the typical competition between manufacturers, you also have to consider spray quality. Do you want coarse droplets? Fine droplets? Air induction nozzles? Twin-fan nozzles? How […]

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Is it OK to Spray in the Early Morning? – Tips with Tom #2

It’s early morning on a bright, clear day. The sun is just starting to climb. There’s a heavy dew on the crop. Should you still head out to spray? Well, the dew is one thing, but there’s a much larger factor at play here that should factor in your decision. Whether or not you should […]

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7 Tips for Purchasing a New Sprayer – Tips with Tom #1

What’s the only surefire way to know whether or not the sprayer is applying product at the rate you’ve specified? Can you let the cab monitor set it and forget it? After the Question of the Day, Tom moves on to the very important decision of choosing a new sprayer. What’s your goal? Getting more […]

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Spray Coverage in Potato

In June, 2014, 30 growers attended a spray coverage demonstration in a potato field in Alliston, Ontario. Our goal was to explore three questions: What is the effect of droplet size on coverage? What is the effect of volume on coverage? What is the effect of spray angle on coverage? This certainly wasn’t a scientific experiment. […]

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Circulating Spray Mix Through a Tank-Rinse Nozzle Maintains Nematode Concentration

This article was co-written with Jennifer Llewellyn, OMAFRA Nursery Crop Specialist Many horticultural commodities, such as turfgrass and nursery crops, include the application of live nematodes as part of their annual IPM program. In 2013 we performed preliminary research into the claim that a grower’s nematode applications were becoming less effective. In the course of […]

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