Pesticide applicators who want to learn about and evaluate various application strategies should plan now to attend an advanced spray technology clinic on July 17 in Ames. Iowa State University is offering this advanced sprayer technology clinic for commercial applicators and for larger acreage private applicators—such as large acreage farmers who apply their own herbicides, insecticides and fungicides.
The clinic will include the On Target Application Academy, an educational opportunity that has been developed by BASF Corporation and Dr. Robert E. Wolf who is an application technology specialist and TeeJet Technologies. The people who attend the clinic will get 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.
Spray clinic for custom and private applicators is scheduled for July 17
The clinic, designed for applicators with some experience, will be held Tuesday, July 17 at the ISU Field Extension Education Laboratory at Ames. It is offered in either a morning (9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.) session or an afternoon session (1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.) 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 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. If you have questions, contact Mark Hanna, ISU Extension ag engineer, at 515-294-0468 or email email@example.com. You can also contact Kristine Schaefer, a program specialist pesticide applicator education, located in the ISU Department of Entomology. She can be reached at 515-294-4286 or firstname.lastname@example.org.