‘Better mousetrap’ can help prevent pesticide spills

How many times has this happened on your farm? You’re pouring chemical from a 2.5-gallon jug into a spray tank, and either it comes out too fast and spills or you dump more than you meant to in the tank.

One of the strengths of modern agriculture in recent decades has been that ag innovators are continually “building a better mousetrap.” And that’s the case with the new easyFlow closed transfer system introduced by Greenleaf Technologies.

Although the system was developed by Bayer and agrotop in Europe, it’s finding a market among pesticides applicators across the U.S., according to Greenleaf’s Will Smart, who has demonstrated the technology at a number of farm shows, including the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show in Memphis, Tenn.

“There are some category 1 chemicals in California that require a closed system,” says Smart. “We thought it might only be a California issue at least for now. But we have some universities that wanted to make it part of their training program. So we started getting calls from farmers who want them because they want to protect themselves and their employees.”

The system was designed for strict European environmental standards and meets or exceeds all current guidelines for Tier 1 and Tier 2 agricultural closed transfer systems established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California Department of Pesticide Regulation.

“The easyFlow system is the first closed, contamination-proof and self-cleaning transfer system for liquid crop protection products from sealed or non-sealed plant protection product containers, enabling the user to do partial or complete dosing,” says Smart.

“Not only is safety improved with easyFlow, but PPP container cleaning can be performed as soon as the chemical is transferred, thus improving the efficiency of the entire process.”

Among its features:

  • A no-spill connection with the highest standards of user and environmental safety
  • Built-in backflow prevention to prevent fresh water contamination
  • Continuously adjustable flow rates, allowing for precise transfer of partial container volumes
  • Rinsing of accessible parts connected to the PPP after partial dosing (
  • Fast and complete rinsing of empty PPP containers
  • No more contamination and cleaning of measuring jugs
  • Easy installation on all sprayer tanks and on most chemical inductors

These photos show how the easyFlow system can be used to safely and precisely transfer pesticides from 1.0- to 2.5-gallon containers.

For more information on the easyFlow Closed Transfer System, visit www.GreenleafTech.com or http://www.cropscience.bayer.com/Magazine/EasyFlow.aspx.

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