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North Dakota Aerial Spray Analysis Program

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Title: North Dakota Aerial Spray Analysis Program
Author: McBride, Dean; Kopp, Dennis; Berge, Mark; Hirning, Harvey; Lamey, Art; Hofman, Vern
Description: Achieving the uniform application pesticide of crops is both the most cost effective and delivers higher crop results in the reduction of crop pests. Pattern adjustment and calibration is easier with ground spray equipment that with aerial equipment. Ground sprayers need only use nozzles in good condition, mount them at the proper spacing and height and operate them at the proper pressure. Aerial sprayers are not able to calibrate and to modify their spray pattern quite as easily. They make adjustments they believe will produce accuracy in application and hope for the best. Until the spring of 1985, there was very little help for those using aerial applications available for the North Dakota Cooperative Extension Service. In May of 1985, spray analysis testing was held at 5 locations throughout the state jointly by the North Dakota Agricultural Avian and North Dakota State University. Operation SAFE is a program of education and pattern testing sponsored by the National Agricultural Association. SAFE is an acronym for 'Self Regulating Application and Flight Efficiency'. The types of planes chosen for these aerial tests determines accuracy of application. With pattern tests accuracy can be improved over time by adjustments to the boom and nozzles of aerial sprayer equipment. The size of droplets and individual plant coverage and penetration can not be effected. More aerial sprayer application tests are necessary to improve further accuracy.
Date: 1986
Subject: Agrochemicals
Agricultural machinery and equipment
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/10365/8100

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