Sprayer performance tips

  • Unexpected herbicide damage: Scenarios

    Sprayer performance tips

    Unexpected carryover can occur when dry conditions in the year of application slow the expected pace of breakdown of herbicides. Unexpected residue damage is a risk any time a sprayer is left full while waiting for an opportunity to spray, or when sprayers are not effectively cleaned between crops and between products.

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  • Inversion and drift: Risk factors

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    Risk factors for wind-blown herbicide drift: Fine spray droplets and higher winds can cause sprays to drift to off-target areas. Drift tends to affect only those plants immediately downwind, but it can move several feet into shelterbelts and neighbouring fields. Drift prevention tips. Risk factors for inversion-caused herbicide drift: Low wind and clear skies can […]

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  • Tips for spraying in the wind

    Sprayer performance tips

    How do you spray weeds in a timely fashion when every day seems too windy? Here are some tips….

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  • Canola Watch quiz – Spraying

    Sprayer performance tips

    A quick quiz to test spraying windows, inversions and timing.

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  • Adding micronutrients can reduce herbicide performance

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    Adding micronutrient solutions, especially zinc, to glyphosate is highly antagonistic to the herbicide.

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  • Sprayer tank clean out – tips

    Sprayer performance tips

    It is always good practice to clean the sprayer, especially between pre-seed and in-crop applications. Pre-seed burnoff programs often include three or four active ingredients, including Group 2 and Group 14 products ahead of cereal crops. You want to make sure these Group 2 and 14 products are completely cleaned from the sprayer tank, plumbing […]

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  • What’s the Buff? Don’t spray sensitive areas

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    Buffer zones or strips come in all shapes and sizes, and are designed to protect sensitive areas. Sensitive areas include permanent vegetation to maintain good water quality (riparian areas around rivers, lakes and ponds), control erosion (shelterbelts) or provide wildlife habitat. These areas are also typically habitat for pollinators and other beneficial insects.

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  • Top 10 weed spraying topics

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    We dug into our vast vault of Canola Watch articles to put together this Top 10 list.

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  • Tips for spraying in the wind

    Sprayer performance tips

    How do you spray weeds in a timely fashion when every day seems too windy? Too windy, according to the Guide to Crop Protection, can be product specific but is generally above 15 km/h. Here are tips to improve performance and limit the drift risk in wind….

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  • Avoid spray tank contamination – tips

    Sprayer performance tips

    Tank mixes used for pre-seed burnoff ahead of cereals often contain Group 2 and Group 14 products that can hang up in sprayer plumbing. These residues can be particularly damaging to canola.

    Common canola-crop herbicides and surfactants left in a tank for any extended period of time are very good at removing these residue deposits from tank walls and sprayer plumbing, causing them to mix in with the spray solution. If wind or rain delays spraying, the concentration of scrubbed-free herbicide residue in the tank can continue to increase.

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  • At the ready: Tips to avoid delays when seeding, spraying resumes

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    Weather delays for seeding and spraying make it all the more important to have equipment ready to go and running smoothly when productive moments come along. Here are a few preparations to consider for the drill and sprayer.

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  • Tips for spraying in the wind

    Sprayer performance tips

    How do you spray weeds in a timely fashion when every day seems too windy? Too windy, according to the Guide to Crop Protection, can be product specific but is generally above 15 km/h. So how do you spray weeds in a timely fashion when every day seems too windy?

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  • Tips for spraying in the wind

    Sprayer performance tips

    How do you spray weeds in a timely fashion when every day seems too windy? Too windy, according to the Guide to Crop Protection, is wind above 15 km/h. But we know that some operators will go with winds of 20 km/h and maybe a bit above.

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  • Tips for spraying in the wind

    Sprayer performance tips

    Herbicide drift injury on canola. Drift can be costly on your own farm and especially awkward and costly if it carries to a neighbouring farm.

    Here are tips to improve performance and limit the drift risk in wind….

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  • Weeds love warm and moist conditions

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    Wild oats are ahead of canola in this field. Credit: Angela Brackenreed

    Wild oats and green foxtail are growing “like crazy” and rain will bring a flush of broadleaf annuals. In-crop herbicide applications are best done as early as possible.

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