Proper calibration can help growers make sure pesticide applications are getting to the target at the proper rate. Worn nozzles or other equipment malfunctions can mean some areas of the target receive too much or too little pesticide, thus having a negative effect on pest control.
Our office has been cooperating with the George Hamilton of the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension and his assistant Steve Gatcombe. They have trained our staff and others working with our office on how to use this specialized equipment so that we can help our farmers in Pennsylvania. After receiving the training and doing several calibrations on our own for the past two summers (2011 and 2012), we are now ready to offer this service statewide.
Watch this video to learn the benefits of having your air blast sprayer calibrated from an educator's and grower's perspective.
There will be a fee for this education training and some pre-work is required by you! We are in the process of determining the actual cost of this calibration educational training. As a result, for this trial period, the grower portion of the cost is $50. If you have more than one sprayer to be calibrated, each additional sprayer will be $30.
Once you complete the above request, someone working with our office, will be contacting you within a week or so. In order for us to be as efficient as possible, we have developed a PRE-calibration YouTube video to help you prepare your sprayer(s) before we arrive. We also have a link below for a PRE-calibration checklist that you can download and complete prior to our arrival. Please note: To avoid additional charges, prepare your sprayer prior to our arrival. Also, due to the condition of an unprepared sprayer, sometimes calibration must be delayed until a future date when it is in its proper operating condition. The last link below shows an example of the calibration process.
Completing the above pre-calibration items saves us a great deal of time when we come to your facility to do the actual calibration. This in turn allows us to do more calibrations per day to help more people like you!
If you have any questions, please contact Eric Oesterling at email@example.com.
Additional Calibration Resources
Airblast 101 has a self-directed online course to teach best practices in the safe, efficient and effective operation of airblast sprayers in agriculture. This website also has a library of articles, fact sheets, videos, and PowerPoint presentations from researchers and university/government extension specialists across North America.