Submitted to: Texas A&M Entomology Science Conference
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: November 9, 1999
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: The Environmental Protection Agency is in the process of reregistering all current crop protection products. Many of these product labels are appearing with new specific terminology. Spray quality terms such as fine spray or coarse spray, which were previously general terms, now have specific definitions relative to spray droplet size. Applicators must become familiar with these definitions and acquire means for compliant applications because it is a federal offense to apply a product in a manner inconsistent with label directions. The new definitions, background, and origin are presented along with means for both ground and aerial applicators to comply with label directions. With this information, extension and state lead agency educators will be able to conduct the educational efforts that will be required for all pesticide applicators. Information about the effects of spray quality on pesticide efficacy is also presented.