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Five Tips For Pesticide Application

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These Tips would teach you more on how to correctly and safely use pesticides

1. Always Follow The Instructions On The Product Label: Before preparing and mixing the chemicals, read and follow the labels carefully. The labels will detail everything from proper mixing instructions and PPE requirements to clean-up and disposal practices. Do as the label says, and the application process will be much safer.

2. Always calibrate the application equipment: Applying chemicals with a sprayer that is not calibrated and operated accurately could cause insufficient weed, insect, or disease control, which can lead to reduced yields. Check the gallon-per-acre application rate of the sprayer. This can only be determined by a thorough calibration. Use clean water while calibrating to reduce the risk of contact with chemicals

3. Check the equipment for leaks and malfunctions:

4. Rinse equipment and pesticide containers: Immediately after use, clean the equipment inside and out. Then allow a water-detergent solution to circulate through the system and run some water through the hoses and nozzles. Flush the system twice with clean water. Put the captured rinse water in the sprayer and apply it on areas listed on the label.

5. Use when wind speed is between 4 and 15km/h: If winds are blowing towards a sensitive area, do not spray at any wind speed. Ideally, winds should be in the range of 3 to 9 mph. Generally, pesticides should not be sprayed when winds exceed 10 mph. Use caution when winds are light and variable, especially when applications are to be made near open vegetation

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