Paint it black

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Dr. Jason Deveau (@spray_guy) has been the OMAFRA Application Technology Specialist since '08. He researches and teaches methods to improve the safe, effective and efficient application of agricultural inputs in specialty crops, field crops and controlled environments. He is the co-administrator of Sprayers101, co-author of the Airblast101 Textbook, a slow cyclist and a slower runner.

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Never fail, as spring turns to summer we get questions about algal growth in water tanks. There are lots of suggested solutions, but questions about pH antagonism and phytotoxicity seem to linger. We’re planning trials for this summer (2021) to explore how well copper pipe, copper wire, copper sulfate, citric acid and chlorine pucks work, and whether they cause antagonistic responses when that carrier water is used on crops.

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Paint It Black

The Rolling Stones

I see a white tank and I want it painted black
No algae anymore, I want my water back
I see the cart drive up while spraying summer rows
I have to dump it out until the algae goes

I see my neighbours’ tanks and they’re all painted black
With copper sulfate they claim algae won’t come back
I see them turn their heads and quickly look away
They see my algae grow in sunlight every day

I look inside the tank to see if it is black
I could park it in the shed, or in the shade out back
Maybe then it’ll fade away and I can face the facts
It’s not easy filling up when your filters plug with crap

I wish that my green sea would turn a deeper blue
If you try chlorine pucks it will clear up for you

I’ll store my tanks away from that bright summer sun
Then I’ll spray algae-free before the mornin’ comes

I see a clean tank ‘cause I had it painted black
No algae anymore, I got my water back

I see the cart drive up while spraying summer rows
Clear water coming out, and no more clogging woes.

Hmm, hmm, hmm
Hmm, hmm, hmm
Hmm, hmm, hmm
Hmm, hmm, hmm

I want to see your tank painted black!
Black as night!
Black as coal!
I wanna see the bugs, knocked right out of the sky.
I wanna see it painted, painted, painted black, yea!