New data shows that speed-driven applicators may not hamper coverage

by Eric Prostko, UGA Extension Weed Specialist

If you spend much time out in the field, it is commonplace these days to see the new fighter-jet-like pesticide applicators that have become very popular down on the farm. With 80-foot to 120-foot booms, GPS guidance systems and dilithium crystal-powered warp drives (another geeky Star Trek reference), growers can quickly and efficiently cover a lot of ground when making pesticide applications.

After watching these awesome machines in action, I have become much more interested in how factors such as tractor speed and boom height might be influencing the performance of herbicides. Continue reading