By Mark Hanna, Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineer, and Kristine Schaefer, Department of Entomology
Iowa State University is offering another advanced spray technology clinic for commercial and private applicators. The clinic, repeating one held in July, will include the On Target Application Academy, an educational opportunity that has been developed by BASF Corporation, application technology specialist Dr. Robert E. Wolf and TeeJet Technologies. Comments from those attending the July clinic include:
Topics covered deal with exactly what we deal with in the fields
Will help with diagnosing our system and educating others
"Happy medium" between droplet size and plant contact
Hit topics on drift just right
Very good discussions
Excellent information; thanks for the opportunity
Applicators 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 Thursday, September 27 at the Field Extension Education Laboratory in Ames. It is offered in either a morning (9-11:30 a.m.) or an afternoon (1-3:30 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 at the website. The training provides an excellent opportunity for applicators to learn and evaluate application strategies.
Mark Hanna is an extension agricultural engineer; he can be reached at 5-15-294-0468 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.