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Measuring wind speed and direction is important for avoiding the problems caused by spraying in high winds, including drift and poor coverage when applying pesticides. Spray drift is the movement of pesticides away from the targeted area being sprayed. The drift from pesticide applications can expose people, wildlife and the environment to chemicals that can cause health problems.
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1. What is pesticide spray drift?
2. What environmental conditions contribute to drift?
3. What are sensitive off-target areas?
4. When is it too windy to spray?
5. How does spray droplet size affect drift?
6. What is the proper sprayer height?
7. Why keep written records?
8. Do's and Don'ts of Minimizing Spray Drift
Read the pesticide label thoroughly.
Spray near sensitive off-target areas without an adequate buffer zone.
Monitor environmental conditions.
Dismiss the importance of well-trained, skilled pesticide applicators.
Adjust droplet size and sprayer height to maximize coverage while minimizing drift.
Keep accurate written records.