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Nozzle choice in vegetable crops – an Australian perspective

Here is a great article on sprayers101.com about spray nozzle selection in vegetable crops.

During my many years of work in the Australian vegetable and horticultural industry, I am continually asked:

What is the best spray unit to use?

My answer is quite simple:

The one that has been correctly set up and matched to the crop you are spraying.

That can be hard to achieve, especially in vegetable crops where the target can vary enormously from bare ground to upright leaf crops (e.g. onions), to horizontal leaf crops (e.g. potato and brassica).

Generally, I have found that air-assist booms offer the best starting point for achieving good spray coverage of vegetable crops. However, like any spray boom, they must be set up correctly. Air-assist booms are more expensive and require a few more horses to operate, which is why most Australian vegetable growers prefer to make do with a non air-assist boom.

So, if air-assist isn’t an option, it then becomes imperative to determine the most suitable nozzles for their particular requirements. I have worked in many vegetable crops over the years. I’ve held my share of “fluorescent dye nights” and checked spray coverage and canopy penetration with many grower groups. Based on my experience, there are three types of nozzles I recommend for most vegetable crops:

Read more here:

http://sprayers101.com/nozzle-choice-in-vegetable-crops-an-australian-perspective/

 

New, free soil health publications

Soil health in OntarioThe Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs is rolling out a total of 21 new soil health publications. These publications provide best management practices to help you preserve and conserve soil while improving soil health and crop production.

Check out these five new titles on our Soil Health in Ontario web page:

  • Adding Organic Amendments
  • Erosion Control Structures
  • Cropland Retirement
  • Soil Health in Ontario
  • Field Windbreaks

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Potato Insects – Insecticide Activity Table

Here is a quick reference guide for insecticides registered on potatoes in Ontario. Use it as a guide only, always refer back to the label. Remember to rotate insecticide groups for resistance management.

Potato Insecticide Activity Table Final

Printable Potato Insecticide Activity Table

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Resources on weed management

Kristen Obeid, OMAFRA Weed Specialist – Horticulture

Internet

weedinfo.caWeedinfo.ca: If you are trying to identify a weed, find the newest information on herbicide resistance and other emerging issues in weed management you need to visit weedinfo.ca.

Provincial Weed Page: http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/crops/insects/weeds.html

Ontario Crop IPM: Know how and why it is important to scout and identify weeds, as well as diagnose herbicide injury. Continue reading Resources on weed management

4R Phosphorus Management Practices for Major Commodity Crops of North America

The International Plant Nutrition Institute has just released a new summary of best management practices for reduction of phosphorus losses for the major commodity crops of North America. Many of these practices are applicable to vegetable production, as well.

4R Phosphorus Management Practices for Major Commodity Crops of North America

Find this and other plant nutrition resources at http://www.ipni.net/issuereview or go directly to the pdf.

Great new resource for this field season: Weed ID Guide for Ontario Crops

Kristen Obeid, Weed Management Specialist – Horticulture, OMAFRA

Published by the Grain Farmers of Ontario, the resource features over 120 species commonly found in and around agricultural fields. The Weed ID Guide for Ontario Crops is now available in the following formats:

These can be downloaded from the following website: http://fieldcropnews.com/2016/09/weed-id-guide-for-ontario-crops/

The publication was funded through Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.