Field Device for Determining Atomization Properties of Agrochemical Tank Mixes

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2006-33610-16832
Agency Tracking Number: 2006-00080
Amount: $79,500.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
3412 Laguna Avenue, Davis, CA, 95616
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Russell Stocker
 (530) 735-6176
Business Contact
 Russell Stocker
Phone: (530) 735-6176
Research Institution
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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