Farm Guide VIC : 2014-15
1. Goal What weed, insect or disease am I targeting? 2. Product What is the most appropriate product? 3. Target Where does the product need to reach? 4. Spray Quality What quality will optimise product performance and minimise drift potential? 5. Nozzles & Equipment Which nozzles and what equipment set-up will achieve that spray quality? 6. Weather & Risk Is it a suitable time to spray? 7. Records & Training What spray records do I need to keep? Is my training up-to-date? Optimise your crop protection performance Throughout the season, you’ll almost certainly use a combination of fungicides, insecticides and herbicides to protect your crop to maximise yield and quality. But did you know that choosing the right chemicals is only one factor in achieving best practice disease, pest and weed control? Timing, application and equipment can make a very big difference – especially when it comes to avoiding spray drift. If chemicals move outside the intended target area there is the risk of using more chemicals than needed – and hitting your target with less. Plus there’s risk of damage to other crops, native landscape or public areas. It’s recommended you follow seven key steps when planning a spray program to optimise product performance and to minimise drift. 35 At Syngenta, we want growers to make the best use of the tools that they have. The Syngenta Technical Advice Line not only provides information about the most effective application of our products, but also the safest and most sustainable applications. Contact Syngenta Technical Advice Line on 1800 067 108 or visit www.syngenta.com.au Land&WaterManagement Step 1: Understand the specific goal of your spray program What weed, insect or disease are you targeting? Timing is everything – especially as the season goes on – so you need to be prepared to act quickly at the first sign of any threat.