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Vegetable Production
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"Sprayers should be calibrated to determine the actual rate at which they are applying pesticide, then adjustments can be made, said Erdal Ozkan, a professor and spray technology expert with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. . . .
"As a sprayer’s nozzles wear out, the rate of flow through them increases, so growers may be applying more pesticide than they need. 'That’s like throwing away $25 for every $100 a grower spends on pesticides.' . . .
"Calibrating a boom sprayer is not as difficult as it sounds. Though several methods can be used, Ozkan recommends the following one that he considers to be easier and more practical than most methods."