Diluting 20,000-Fold with a 30 Gallon Remaining Volume in a 1,200 Gallon Tank

(An addendum to this article) Our goal in this example is to dilute by a factor of 20,000. The maximum amount of dilution possible with a 1,200 gallon tank and a 30 gallon remainder is 1200/30=40. The formulae: Dilution per Rinse = final dilution ^(1/# of rinses) Rinse Volume = (dilution per rinse * remaining […]

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How Clean is Clean?

One of the more perplexing questions in tank cleanout is knowing when the cleaning process is good enough to prevent harm. This question is especially relevant to producers that grow canola and use Group 2 herbicide products, or grow soybeans and use dicamba on some of their area. In both of these examples, crops can […]

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Testing the Effectiveness of Sprayer Rinsing Methods using Dicamba

This work was performed with Mike Cowbrough (@cowbrough), Weed Management Specialist (Field Crops) with OMAFRA. The unprecedented number of dicamba drift complaints in the United States has proven to be a polarizing issue in the agriculture community. The debate continues as to the relative influence of contributing factors. The sensitivity of soybeans to trace amounts of […]

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Plumbing Projects That Make Spraying Easier and Safer

Some of our biggest struggles in spraying involve the start and end of each spray day. When starting a new field after the sprayer is cleaned, we need to prime the boom. If it’s full of water, that water has to be purged and the question is always for how long and where to do […]

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Storing Pesticide Mix Overnight

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Not being able to finish a tank due to weather or any other reason happens to just about everyone. Is it OK to simply leave the sprayer as is, and resume spraying later after some agitation? In many cases, the answer is yes. Most pesticide mixtures are stable in short term storage. On resuming spraying, an agitation […]

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