Source: Ohio State University
Whether in the green industry, turfgrass profession or agriculture, those who think that pesticide applications work the same on all target surfaces, think again.
Ohio State University researchers have found that the surface makeup of a plant's leaves — hairy or waxy or varying degrees of both — plays a huge role in the effectiveness of liquid applications.
"The ultimate goal is to get the most out of pesticides, to get the biggest bang for your buck — achieving maximum efficiency while promoting environmental sustainability," said Erdal Ozkan, an Ohio State University Extension agricultural engineer. "One way of doing that is make sure that the droplets hit the target, remain on the target and the pesticide active ingredients in droplets are taken up by the target."