SPRAY SAFE, SPRAY RIGHT, KEEP THE SPRAY ON THE WEEDS THIS SUMMER
Off-target spray drift is a significant issue for summer cropping in Australia, causing injury and economic damage to a range of crops and the environment. With the recent rain and plenty of post harvest fallow spraying being done, this is a timely reminder to keep in mind appropriate chemical application practices, nozzle selection and weather conditions to minimise spray drift in all your spraying operations.
Spraying agricultural chemicals, whether from the ground or the air, needs to be properly planned, carefully monitored and executed, to maximise effectiveness and to minimise the risk of off-target chemical movement.
The environmental conditions in summer are conducive to inversion conditions which can lead to large plumes of chemicals moving considerable distances off-target. Many of the causes of off-target spray drift are a result of:
- Poor equipment set up.
- Product selection of high volatility products.
- Application in environmental conditions which are not suitable.
The CottonInfo team (a joint venture between Cotton Seed Distributors, CRDC and Cotton Australia) together with Nufarm Australia have put information flyers on the recommendations for safe application of sprays during the summer months. Click on the image below for a printable copy of these handy tip sheets.
If you need any information regarding the safe application of chemicals or alternative products this summer, give your local McGregor Gourlay Agronomist a call today. https://mcgregorgourlay.com.au/contact/