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What is Methylated Seed Oil and How Does it Work?

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The control of weedy and invasive plants is a battle that is fought by many managers of terrestrial and aquatic habitats. This battle must be waged to prevent the proliferation and establishment of weedy and invasive plants that lower the potential of a variety of habitats. In addition, uncontrolled weedy and invasive plants can impact […]

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How to Effectively Control Algae Growth in Ponds

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A common occurrence in many ponds across most of the United States during the summer months is the growth of algae. Algae growth gives water bodies a green appearance which, when closely examined turns out to be mats of plants floating on the surface of the water. Often referred to as ‘scum’, the growth of […]

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Postemergence Spraying and Tips for Application

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Postemergance Spraying

Weed control is a routine task undertaken by almost everyone who manages land where plants are growing. From the homeowner who battles weeds in a lawn, a farmer who must control weeds in crops, to land and water managers who must confront a variety of vegetation management scenarios. To all of these individuals, postemergence spraying […]

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Adjuvants 101: Emulsifying Agents for Pesticide Use

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Emulsifying Agents for Pesticide Use

Whenever pesticides are used, the desire is that the pest is controlled as efficiently as possible. This means that the constituents of the pesticide spray mixture must be formulated properly and are compatible within the mixture to do the job as desired.   A good understanding of the chemicals in the pesticide spray mixture is […]

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How Surfactants Affect Spray Droplet Size

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spray droplets formed because of high surface tension

The general goal in spraying for pest control is to get good coverage of the target pest. Thereafter, retention and spread of the pesticide on pest surface, penetration of pest surface, and a high level of pest control. Ideally, good coverage of the target pest is required for good control when using pesticides. However, good […]