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Pesticide workshop set for Jan. 15

Nebraska Extension’s Nozzle Selection and Pest Management Practices in Pesticide workshop is Jan. 15 at the University of Nebraska Agricultural Research and Development Center near Mead, Nebraska. The workshop is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and will be presented by Greg Kruger, Nebraska Extension weed science and application technology specialist.

Pesticide applications are important in the U.S. as regulations and restrictions are tightening and as use of dicamba and 2,4-D resistant traits being marketed for POST emergence use in major broadleaf crops continues.

“Understanding what nozzles are out there for use, how to apply pesticides optimally and how to maximize the efficacy to prevent or delay resistance is paramount,” Kruger said.

The program will cover the most important factors to consider when trying to minimize pesticide drift. This includes understanding the importance of wind speed, wind direction, boom height, droplet size, and distance to sensitive areas. Participants learn about different tools for monitoring environmental conditions as well as simple things that can be done to mitigate drift incidences.

The program will also cover in depth on nozzle types, nozzle patterns, and droplet size produced from various nozzles.

Kruger said that applications can be altered in terms of carrier rate, droplet size, and spray solution to increase efficacy. The program will cover a range of different products and what can be done to maintain efficacy while mitigating drift or ways to maximize efficacy. After attending the program, participants should have a good comprehension of the applications, application set-ups, drift mitigation and how to maximize applications for efficacy.

The workshop is limited to 50 participants. Pre-register to reserve a seat and ensure materials are available the day of the workshop. Contact Nebraska Extension at (402) 624-8000 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For information about the program, contact Nebraska Extension Educator Keith Glewen at the above phone number or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .