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With more than 40 years of experience in agricultural spraying, Tom and Jason have researched and presented on many aspects of safe, effective and efficient applications.

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On the morning of February 27, 2016 (a Saturday) a Twitter conversation sprung up that deserved to be captured in an article. Tom was waiting in the Prince Edward Island Airport with time on his hands and I was home in Southern Ontario. He dropped me a line on twitter, and I responded. When two creative people have an idyll conversation, you can count on it going sideways – you just never know how.

In this case, one of us wrote a short poem about spraying. Don’t judge… we like what we do so this is what we call “fun”. We noticed it was very much like a Haiku. Here’s a definition snatched from Wikipedia:

The haiku is a Japanese verse in three lines. Line one has 5 syllables, line two has 7 syllables and line three has 5 syllables. Haiku is a mood poem and it doesn’t use any metaphors or similes.”

They’re often quite beautiful and evocative of natural scenes… ours assuredly weren’t. They were, however, pretty darn funny and a couple bordered on clever! As we fired them back and forth, others jumped into the conversation with #SprayerHaiku of their own.

And so, for posterity, and in no particular order, here are the poems that flew through Twitter that Saturday. Snap your fingers appreciatively.

Spray hits canopy
Drops bounce, move, try to find way
Stochastic forces.

Beautiful hills, slopes
Speed goes up, down constantly

Drops in canopy
Lots on top, few in bottom
Sorry, that’s normal.

Your goal: more acres.
You want to drive really fast.
Don’t! Fill fast instead.

Clear skies early morn.
Temperature Inversion!
Don’t dare spray right now.

His girlfriend was wrong.
Three inch very effective
for sprayer fill line.

Spray boom like bird wings:
Proper distance just theory,
without height control.

Agitator churns.
Chemistry runs through plumbing.
Protecting our crops

Nozzles spray gently.
Some drops coarse, many too small.
Pressure and speed fall

Spray cloud flows downhill
in the peaceful morning calm.
Dangerous beauty

Pressure reads 50
on the fancy new touchscreen.
Should you believe it?

Just trying to do
my best. Haikus make you think.
This will work out well.

Sprayer moves swiftly
across green plain, swath by swath,
protecting young crop.

Spray drift is real bad
says everyone all the time.
Well, it’s very true!

My tank is Jell-O.
Mixing is not the problem.
Just blame the chem rep.

Seriously these
Haikus need to be a thing.
Lots of potential.

Filled tank in minutes.
Now filters are full of sh!t.

Spring sun melting snow
Walking yard in rubber boots
We’ll calibrate soon.

Small targets, small drops
And for large targets, large drops.
That’s my rule of thumb.