3 Be aware of the weather conditions
Agriculture Victoria advises on checking the weather conditions before you start and see if it is “suitable for spraying (wind speeds between 3 to 15km per hour blowing away from sensitive crops and areas, Delta T between 2 and 8, no inversion layer present).” They warn that if the weather is unpredictable or unfavourable to not spray.
Farmdeck’s Spraying Conditions IoT solution can help you understand the weather conditions better. It aims to help you spray safely by giving you an overall spraying status and recommendations based on four weather factors, such as windspeed, likelihood of rain, Delta-T, and thermal inversion. This feature also allows you to keep a record of your spraying events, including chemicals used, type of crops that were sprayed, nozzle name, type speed and angle, to name but a few. The great thing about this is that these records can help track the effectiveness of pesticides, and reduce health, trade, and environmental impacts by providing vital information if an incident occurs. This digital record also comes in handy and helps you meet audit requirements if you are chosen to undergo an audit.
4. Read the manual
Follow the manufacturer’s directions exactly and always be cautious when spraying (pay attention to equipment details and note if there are any restrictions). The Northern Territory Government advises anyone who is not a professional spray operator and who intends to spray agricultural chemicals to complete the ChemCert or equivalent national chemical accreditation course to AQF level 3.