New sprayer cuts applications


Issue Date: April 6, 2016

An experimental variable-rate spraying system that helps growers efficiently apply chemicals to trees was developed by Agricultural Research Service scientists at the agency's Application Technology Research Unit in Wooster, Ohio. The new sprayer reduced average pesticide use between 46 percent and 68 percent, with an average cost savings of $230 per acre for ornamental nurseries. The cost savings can be much higher for orchards and other fruit-crop productions.

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