One thing we often hear at tradeshows from passers-by is “oh great idea, a shielded sprayer”. Certainly the shielding is important, it helps protect the spray droplets from wind and tells the user exactly where they are spraying. Therefore the sprayhood allows the operator to confidently spray closer to their sensitive crop without worry about damage.
However, this is only one of the features of the Mankar Ultra-Low Volume system. The main way that the Mankar system reduces drift is due to the pressureless delivery system; the herbicide is dripped into the spinning-disc atomizer which then cuts the liquid into small evenly-sized droplets. Using this technology ensures that no vapors are created, which is a major cause of pesticide drift. Evenly-sized, evenly-spaced small droplets ensures excellent coverage with less liquid.
So yes, the Mankar ULV system is applying herbicide under a shield, but the patented atomizer under the hood is really what offers the greatest benefit of the system. Less liquid, better coverage, and no drift.
As demand for glufosinate ammonium in North America continues to increase, Bayer CropScience has announced plans for a new production facility in Alabama. This new facility will more than double the current production capacity. Bayer CropScience sells products containing this active ingredient under various tradenames like Liberty, Rely, and Ignite, to many markets in North America.
You can read a longer article at Farm Industry News.
Valent's Sureguard label now allows for a late-winter application of Sureguard onto dormant Bermuda Grass for all-season control of a number of annual weeds.
Read the full press release here.
Sureguard and its sister product Chateau are widely used in Mankar sprayers already on Christmas Tree farms and vineyards around North America.
The United States Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service is conducting an ongoing study on technologies for spraydrift management:
The Ontario (Canada) Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) had put together a few videos, and a nice page of links, to help familiarize farmers with the causes and effects of pesticide spray drift.� For anyone concerned about drift this is an ideal place to start your education! http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/crops/resource/spraydrift.htm
When using any chemicals please follow label instructions and applicable local guidelines.
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