Wheat School: Strategies for Minimizing Fungicide & Insecticide Spray Drift

Herbicide spray drift gets all the attention, and for good reason โ€” the impacts are visual and nearly immediate. Does that mean drift doesn’t occur with other products? Absolutely not. It also doesn’t mean it’s OK to skip steps to minimize drift of fungicides or insecticides. The reasons for doing so are financial, agronomic, environmental and even market-driven. Say what? Read on.

As Tom Wolf, spray application specialist, explains in this Wheat School episode, fungicide and insecticide products require vigilant stewardship to minimize impacts to birds, pollinators and waterways. What’s more, Wolf adds that while farmers are highly aware of environmental concerns, the market implications of fungicide and insecticide drift aren’t always top of mind. It’s important, however, to think about what may happen should maximum residue limits be exceeded on crops in the market โ€” several countries use residues as a means of market control. In short, drift can undo much good stewardship in a very short. Then there’s the financial implications. What’s the point of wasting product or product on the targeted crop falling short on volume? Not much. All this, plus how to minimize drift in the video below.


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