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The importance of keeping crop protectant applications on target continues to be at the forefront of growers' minds as well as people neighboring the farms. Making sure the product stays on the intended target is critical for the health of the plant as well as those surrounding the area. As most already know, wind often can derail your plans to spray. Keep in mind the objectives of any spray application are to balance productivity, efficacy, and prevent off-site movement of pesticides. It is also challenging to find a functional intermediate between controlling drift and not sacrificing herbicide (or other crop protectant) coverage and efficacy. Any change that is made to the spraying system (e.g., nozzle selection, ground speed, pressure, different pesticide formulations, adjuvants, etc.) will ultimately impact droplet size, potential drift, and possibly efficacy. In some situations, reducing spray drift can be easier said than done. Below are several things to consider to help keep product on target.
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