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Research Project: Evaluation of Intelligent Spray Application Technologies in Ornamental Nurseries

Location: Application Technology Research

Project Number: 5082-21620-010-02-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Jul 15, 2015
End Date: Jul 14, 2020

Objective:
Evaluate pest control efficacy, reliability and durability for a newly developed intelligent sprayer to advance spray application technologies in commercial ornamental nurseries.

Approach:
Field experiments will be conducted to evaluate pest control efficacy, reliability and durability of new intelligent sprayers to control insects and diseases with reduced pesticide rates in ornamental nurseries; economic analyses will be conducted to determine the savings that growers can gain by using the new sprayers and by the potential environmental cost remediation; educational materials will be delivered through workshops, field demonstrations and grower meetings to teach spray applicators how to use the new spray technologies.