Ten Tips for Spraying in the Wind

Choosing the right time to spray can be tricky. Our gut tells us that spraying when it’s windy is wrong.  The experts tell us that spraying when it’s calm is wrong. So when can you actually spray? I’ve always advised my clients to spray in some wind, because it has a few advantages. The main […]

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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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The Misplay of our Generation

We tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run. –Amara’s Law of Computing We tend to overestimate the effect of a stewardship mistake in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run. –Wolf’s Adaptation of Amara’s Law to Agricultural Stewardship […]

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Flag the Technology

Corn field with glyphosate (white) and glufosinate (bright green) stacked technology. (Photo from UofA FSA2162)

We like to keep things simple ’round here, and this poka-yoke from Arkansas is both simple and effective. What’s a poka-yoke? Poka-Yoke is a Japanese term that means “mistake-proofing”. It’s a┬ámechanism that helps an equipment operator avoid (yokeru) mistakes (poka) by preventing, correcting, or drawing attention to human errors as they occur. Thanks, Wikipedia. The problem: […]

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