Growing Knowledge

Read the latest insights from our experts as they cover agronomy issues that matter most to you and your operation.

Boost ROI Potential: Attend a Spray Clinic

Ryan Wolf
Agronomy Services Manager
If you’re looking for ways to make the most of your input dollars this season, look no further. It’s time for another round of Spray Clinics by WinField United, where local experts will be on hand to tackle your toughest questions and provide insights to improve your bottom line.
Farmers and applicators who attend a Spray Clinic find they are more prepared when spray season arrives. Attendees can increase their return on input investment potential because they are trained on the latest application procedures, research and technology. Topics and demos will vary depending on geography, but will likely include:
  • Best application practices – review of new regulations, label requirements, drift management techniques and sprayer cleanout for new and existing technologies
  • Comprehensive weed management planning – developing a robust plan to manage resistant or shifting weed populations using multiple, effective modes of action
  • Optimizing your spray program – choosing the right product, nozzles and rates for each acre; contingency planning and incorporating new products into your program
  • Insights update – new research and field observations that could help improve spray efficacy
  • Equipment enhancements – machinery updates and tools that improve efficiency and spray quality
Spray clinic topics will be tailored to local needs, so each event will be a little different. You’re guaranteed to learn something new this year, even if you’ve attended a Spray Clinic in the past. Our agronomist experts will be available to answer specific questions to ensure you get the most value from your spray program in 2018. You’ll leave with research-backed insights and the latest product information to help you make confident decisions for the coming season.
Spray Clinic locations and dates continue to be added. Contact your local retailer to find out how to participate in an event near you. 

Get More From Your Spray Applications

Tyler Steinkamp
Regional Agronomist
Recently, I worked with Iowa State University to create a presentation called “Increasing Pesticide Efficacy Through Proper Application Technique.” I’d like to share a few of the main points regarding application technology and best practices so you can make the most of your application investment. I encourage you to attend a Spray Clinic by WinField® United at your local retailer this winter to find out more.
1. Choose the right product and more.
The pesticide in the tank does you no good if it doesn’t reach the site of action in the pest. Many factors — including droplet size, spray nozzle type, water quality and time of day of the application — can greatly influence application effectiveness.
2. Calibrate the sprayer.
Calibrating sprayer nozzles ensures even application, correct product dose and enough product to spray the entire field.
3. Maintain a good spray pattern.
Nozzle spray patterns should be checked when calibrating each nozzle on the boom. Bad spray patterns can be caused by:
  • Clogged or worn nozzles
  • Improper nozzle cleaning
  • Incorrect boom height
4. Select the proper nozzle.  
Nozzle selection affects droplet size, which influences drift potential and the amount of coverage. The ideal nozzle depends on:
  • The product being applied (systemic or contact)
  • How much drift is expected
5. Manage drift.
Adding an adjuvant to the tank can maintain spray droplets at the right size to help control drift and keep the crop protection product on target.
6. Follow label instructions when tank mixing.
Always do a jar test before spraying an unknown combination of products. This will confirm whether or not they will be compatible with each other in a spray tank. Improper mixing order can create a tank mix solution that is unusable.
7. Clean the sprayer properly after an application.
Clean your equipment thoroughly as soon as possible after spraying to prevent products from drying and contaminating the tank, lines and tips. 
Hear about the most recent developments in spray application technology, as well as the latest information on spray rules and regulations, at a Spray Clinic. Ask your agronomic advisor when one is coming to a location near you.