By Mark Hanna, Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, and Kristine Schaefer, Department of Entomology
Iowa State University is offering an advanced spray technology clinic for commercial and larger acreage private applicators. The clinic will include the On Target Application Academy, an educational opportunity that has been developed by BASF Corp., Dr. Robert E. Wolf, an application technology specialist, and TeeJet Technologies. Those attending will have hands-on training providing an enhanced understanding of application technology, increased awareness of best application practices, and improved ability to train co-workers. Additionally, attendees should come away with information to achieve effective pest control, help mitigate spray drift, and protect crops. Specific topics include nozzle selection and demonstration, sprayer setup, equipment clean-out, and adjuvant use.
The clinic, designed for applicators with some experience, will be held Tuesday, July 17 at the Field Extension Education Laboratory in Ames. It is offered in either a morning (9 — 11:30 a.m.) or an afternoon (1:00 — 3:30 p.m.) session with a lunch served for both groups. There is no fee to attend this program; however, training space is limited. Advance registration is required at http://www.aep.iastate.edu/spray. Further details can be found on the website. The training provides an excellent opportunity for applicators to learn and evaluate application strategies. A second clinic will be held in September for those unable to attend July 17.
Mark Hanna is an extension agricultural engineer; he can be reached at 515-294-0468 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Kristine Schaefer is a program specialist in the Department of Entomology. She can be reached at 515-294-4286 or email@example.com.