Going forward in the twenty first century, agriculture must minimize hand labor and instead emphasize mechinization.
Backpack sprayer application on formed beds before planting at the Guadalupe station
Trial setup using micro-sprinklers on lettuce at the Salinas Valley station
The early success or failure of a pest control research program may depend on how primitive compounds are applied. Those experienced with product application mishaps cite several factors, such as:
- Whether a suspension was achieved in the mix tank
- If adequate coverage of the target crop was obtained
- If the droplet size was optimized
- If partial or complete tip plugging occurred
- If the pressure used caused phytotoxicity
These harmful effects are the result of the application technology rather than characteristics of the product, surfactant, or formulation. Because of our experience in agricultural engineering and equipment testing, we always consider the application technology when evaluating product performance testing.