Application technology is rapidly changing how crop protection products can be applied to maximize pest control efficacy while mitigating spray drift. Applicators no longer can risk not having the latest knowledge and techniques for applying pesticides properly. An application that results in poor pest control or causes off-target damage has serious consequences. Learning about properly calibrating and operating your sprayer with hands-on examples is the objective behind the sprayer technology workshops being conducted in northwest Kansas during the month of March.

Which nozzles do I use? Do I need to be concerned about drift in selecting my herbicides and the latest technologies for applying crop protection products? These are just some of the sprayer technology questions to be addressed at meetings that will be in the area. Two meetings have been scheduled for March 22 at Bird City and March 23 in Smith Center.

The first meeting will be in Bird City at the American Legion starting at 12:30 p.m. until approximately 4 p.m. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. prior to the program. Our local sponsor is CPS-Bird City. The second meeting will be repeated Friday morning starting at 9 a.m. until approximately 12:30 p.m. in Smith Center at the St. Mary’s Catholic Parish Hall, with local sponsor Landmark Implement Inc. Lunch will be served following the program.

Bob Wolf, Wolf Consulting and Research and retired K-State Research and Extension application technology specialist, will be our featured speaker, with the program designed to help applicators make more efficient and safe applications of crop protection products. Topics will include basic calibration and nozzle selection; spray table demo of available nozzle types for applying crop protection products; review of the latest technologies for applying crop protection products and nutrients; along with staying on target with a discussion of the label specified requirements for nozzles, psi, spray volume, speed and boom height for safe and efficient applications on herbicide tolerant crops.

Cost for the workshop is $30 and is requested by March 19 for either location. Registration and payment can be done online at www.sunflower.ksu.edu/agronomy or www.postrock.ksu.edu or contacting the Post Rock (Smith Center office) District or the Sunflower (St. Francis office) District to register. Reserve a spot early, as each workshop is limited to the first 30 registrations. For more information, contact Jeanne Falk-Jones, jfalkjones@k-state.edu, or Sandra L. Wick, swick@k-state.ksu.edu. Funding also is provided by the Bird City Century II Development Foundation, the ESP Endowment Fund along with the Smith County Community Foundation.