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Pesticide Safety Education Program

Boom Sprayers

Sprayers equipped with a low pressure boom can be useful tools for applying liquids to large areas quickly and/or applying high volumes of material. A good application requires the operator understand how the equipment works and for that equipment to be set-up and calibrated properly. In time, there will be more information posted here on the equipment and its use.

Overview of variables and calibration (554k pdf)

Preparing and using tank mixes (22k pdf)

Using the correct amount of chemical during pesticide application is crucial to achieving the best results from a pest control product. Most performance complaints involving pesticides, however, are directly related to dosage errors or improper application. Therefore, proper calibration, or adjustment, of the sprayer is essential to ensure it is applying the correct amount of chemical evenly over a given area.

Calibrating Boom Sprayers Fact Sheet (333K PDF)