Sprayer Calibration Meeting Scheduled

An Oswego County Growers sprayer calibration meeting will be held August 15 from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Sorbello & Sons Packing House, 630 County Route 8, Fulton.

Inaccurate pesticide application rates, spray patterns and droplet size can lead to pesticide runoff, reducing the effectiveness of the pesticide and raising crop input costs.

A recent study in Nebraska revealed that two-thirds of the applicators were applying pesticides improperly (application rate errors greater than 5 percent).

A similar study conducted in North Dakota indicated that 60 percent of tested sprayers had calibration errors greater than 10 percent.

Although inaccurate tank mixing causes some of these errors, a majority of the problems result from improper spray equipment calibration and worn nozzles.

Agriculture is under intense economic and  environmental pressure today.

The high cost of pesticides and the need to protect the environment are incentives for applicators to do their very best in handling and applying pesticides.

Ag producers will receive crucial information to learn how to calibrate sprayers in order to apply the necessary amount of pesticide where they want without undue harm to the environment.

Pre-registration is required.

Please return registration form or call in reservation by August 13.

If you have questions or if you have any special needs, please call Cornell Cooperative Extension at 315-963-7286.

2 NYS DEC Recertification Credits have been approved in categories 1a, 10, 21 and 23.

Bring your pesticide ID card.