Field Device for Determining Atomization Properties of Agrochemical Tank Mixes

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 2006-00080
Amount: $347,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
3412 LAGUNA AVE, Davis, CA, 95618
DUNS: 963913959
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Russell Stocker
 Owner
 (530) 735-6176
 rlstocker@earthlink.net
Business Contact
 Russell Stocker
Title: Owner/PI
Phone: (530) 735-6176
Email: rlstocker@earthlink.net
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Responsible and efficient use of agrochemicals is a balance between mitigating the undesirable drift and other off-site movement and optimizing the efficacy of the applied spray. Often, these demands can be in direct conflict, e.g., very large droplets reduce drift but may run off the target or may be ineffective against pests on leaf undersides. Depending on the immediate weather conditions, the proximity to sensitive crops or areas, the pesticides being applied and the target pests, the applicator may desire to "fine tune" the application parameters such as nozzles, use of adjuvant, rate of active ingredients and method of application. Along these lines, applicators need additional methods and equipment to balance or optimize spray tank adjuvant performance and economics to achieve drift mitigation goals for a given application. A particular problem develops when a mix of chemicals is applied simultaneously. In these cases, a "tank mix" of many chemicals and adjuvants is prepared and sprayed. The interactions in the physical properties between the various products is virtually impossible to predict and there are virtually an infinite number of combinations.

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