Consider nearby crops when spraying We just received word that our Section 18 request for Ricestar has been granted. That is good news. I'll finish my thoughts on drift in this article and will write about Ricestar soon.
My two previous articles dealt with drift control. I'll finish by touching on commonsense and having a regard for the other person's crop or property. Nobody knows better than I that no matter what profession you are in, you are going to make a few honest mistakes. This is true in custom or private application business.
In some cases, you may just totally misread a situation. In other cases, you may know you are pushing the limits of a safe application but still believe your within the realm of good judgment. When mistakes happen, the best thing to do is step up and do what you have to do to correct any result of the error.
There is a totally opposite side of good judgment. Last year I had to look at a situation where a crop was injured from an application made a considerable distance away. It was extremely windy and the owner of the crop made the applicator aware of his crop. He was told "not to worry, it wouldn't drift that far."
It not only drifted that far, but further, taking entire sides off full-grown trees in the process. That was poor judgment and a blatant disregard for the other person.
That was not the first time I had seen that. I had a call a couple of years ago from an applicator who was having trouble spraying due to consecutive windy days. His said, "We can't get anything out because there is a plant board inspector behind every bush with a wind meter." You can draw you own conclusions.
I know it gets extremely hectic every spring with everyone trying to get their work done. Everyone gets behind. Often the success or failure of a crop rides on getting a herbicide applied.
Proper equipment set up, knowledge of the product, commonsense and good judgment, however, still apply. Otherwise, we will slowly but surely lose the uses of these same products on which you are depending.
A useful Arkansas Extension publication has just been reprinted. Weeds of Arkansas Lawns, Turf, Roadside and Recreation Areas (MP-169) is a color ID publication that has over 200 plants in it. It was out of print for quite a while. It is now available for $5 per copy and can be ordered from the Cooperative Extension Service, P.O. Box 391, Little Rock, Ark. 72203. In addition to the uses in the title, it contains most of the winter weeds found in wheat.