Field Device for Determining Atomization Properties of Agrochemical Tank Mixes

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Amount:
$79,500.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
2006-33610-16832
Solitcitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2006
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
2006-00080
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Small Business Information
ARENA Pesticide Management
3412 Laguna Avenue, Davis, CA, 95616
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 Russell Stocker
 Proprietor
 (530) 735-6176
 rlstocker@earthlink.net
Business Contact
 Russell Stocker
Phone: (530) 735-6176
Email: rlstocker@earthlink.net
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Spray drift from pesticide applications is a significant issue for U.S. agriculture. Spray drift, and efficacy of agrochemicals, are strongly affected by the droplet size spectra and the physical properties of the spray. Applicators have general guidance on nozzle selection but most reference tables are for water or water+surfactant mixture. Pesticide labels often specify the droplet size with which the product should be applied. The spray mix fluid properties significantly change the droplet size spectra. Applicators need a simple tool in the filed so that they can select or verify the optimal choice of nozzles and other conditions for each unique tank mix they apply.

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