August 21, 2017 9:50 AM

Hey Dudes, give us the news on Black-grass application

This season the Syngenta Spray Dudes will be presenting a series of innovative videos to ensure spray operators understand the fundamentals of getting the best from their pre-emergence applications.
Using a series of sketches and props The Spray Dudes get bounced, barracked, bombarded with balls and really very wet – all in the name of science.

But it ably illustrates the challenges faced by operators to cut out drift and achieve complete coverage of the soil surface that will deliver the best performance for weed control.
The first videos went live on the Syngenta website and YouTube channel on 17 August 2017, with subsequent Spray Dude episodes over the following weeks.

In the first series of pre-em application videos, the Spray Dudes address:Get Covered – Water volumes Get Covered – Nozzle ChoiceGo Slow – Check your speed Go Low – Set your boom height
Although cast in a fun and entertaining format, each video has a clear and serious message around getting the best from every pre-emergence Black-grass application. The Spray Dudes are presented by Syngenta Application Specialists, Jamie Marshall Roberts and James Thomas.

At the end of the series, operators will be in no doubt that the best route is to Go Low; Go Slow and Get Covered – #lowslowcovered
• Boom height- Set at stable 50 cm• Forward speed- Less than 12 km/hr• Soil coverage- Water volume of 200 l/ha- Nozzle choice of 90% Drift Reduction Nozzles

The new advice for Black-grass pre-emergence herbicide applications is based on results of extensive research and trials at the Syngenta Black-grass Focus site at Barton near Cambridge.

James Thomas has also produced a video of the full trials’ findings and implications, which can be viewed on the Syngenta website, along with a dedicated pre-emergence herbicide Application Zone.

If you’ve seen the Barton-site Black-grass application trials, or had experience of 90% drift reducing nozzles, join the conversation to help other sprayer operators on #lowslowcovered

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