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Effects of Spray Mixtures on Droplet Size under Aerial Application Conditions and Implications on Drift

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Applied Engineering in Agriculture. 26(1): 21-29. (doi: 10.13031/2013.29467) @2009
Authors:   B. K. Fritz, W. C. Hoffmann, W. E. Bagley
Keywords:   Aerial application, Glyphosate, Spray adjuvant, Droplet size, Spray drift, AGDISP

There is a concerted effort within the spray application industry to develop and implement a Drift Reduction Technology (DRT) Program, which would encourage applicators to adopt technologies that are shown to mitigate off-target movement of sprays. The use of simulated or mimic sprays for atomization studies in high-speed wind tunnels allow researchers to limit the amount of active ingredients used in spray tests and facilitate the testing and certification of DRTs. However, it is important that these simulated and mimic sprays have the same physical and atomization characteristics of sprays containing active ingredients. Studies were conducted to compare droplet size generation from four spray formulations, one of which was an active ingredient and three which were potential mimics and to use the collected data to examine an application management practice as a potential DRT. These sprays were atomized using two nozzles placed in high-speed airstreams (45-63 m/s in 2-m/s increments) in a wind tunnel and the droplet spectra measured via a laser diffraction instrument.

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