Source: Oklahoma State University
A new tool to help applicators determine potential spray times using weather forecasts is being offered through Oklahoma's Mesonet agriculture weather team.
"The Drift Risk Advisor was introduced this January, in time for this year's spraying season," said Al Sutherland, Oklahoma State University Mesonet agriculture coordinator. "The advisor is for anyone who applies chemical sprays—farmers, custom applicators, lawn care professionals and home owners."
"Drift is a major concern in Oklahoma," said Randy Taylor, OSU Cooperative Extension agricultural engineer. "Spray or vapor from an application moving off target can potentially damage sensitive crops in the area. Damage can range from minor and having little or no effect on yield to having a devastating effect and possibly even destroying the crop entirely."