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Spray Demonstration Table Services as a Training Tool

Spray Demonstration Table Services as a Training Tool

Spray Demonstration Table Services as a Training Tool

Kurt Hembree helps train growers, pest consultants, and applicators on the importance of spray nozzle selection, spray drift, and weed control. Using the correct nozzles to ensure herbicides are applied to the weeds and not other sensitive plants and injuring them is important. Recently developed nozzles have helped to reduce spray drift by 75% to 98%. Using a spray demonstration table as a training aide, growers can visually see how spray droplet size, spray pattern, and potential to reduce spray drift differs between nozzles. Individuals can then make educated decisions when it comes to nozzle selection and the effect on spray drift and weed control. In the end, this prevents herbicide waste and saves growers time and money. A major benefit to using the demonstration table as a teaching tool is it eliminates the need for a large tractor, ATV, or other boom sprayer. More than 450 individuals were trained at four locations in Fresno County and another 800 people benefitted from this training method throughout the southern San Joaquin Valley.

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