Pesticide application technologies are advancing rapidly, and our goal at Syngenta is to ensure that these technologies not only increase efficiency, reduce cost, and ensure better human and environmental safety, but also continue to improve the dose transfer process for crop protection products that add value to the bottom line of growers and applicators by being more effective and efficient than ever before.
Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) applications are becoming increasingly common in Asian countries, reducing the drudgery of manual pesticide application, improving efficiency, and reducing labor costs. All of these reasons are important for growers to take a great interest in this technology. It is just as important, however, to consider the quality of the application when determining the best method for your crop needs. We define a quality application as delivering the right product, at the right rate, and at the right target location to treat the target pest under a certain set of conditions. Without a quality application, all other advantages that the UAV technology may afford will be diminished. Planning and executing a quality application require more than just a simple scan of label instructions, and a broader understanding of the product, equipment and environmental factors.
So what should be considered to ensure a quality application? Reducing off-target application, achieving the necessary coverage, penetration and retention on the target surfaces and reducing run-offs are all critical requirements. In order to achieve these criteria, more decisions about the application must be made. Correct nozzle selection, pressure, flow-rate, height above canopy, speed and ensuring the environmental conditions are conducive to your application are key factors that contribute to the quality application. All of these parameters will likely need to change depending on the crop, target pest and environmental conditions. Unless these parameters are known and set correctly, there is a high risk of a poor application that could result in crop damage, exposure, and reduced efficacy.
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