Oversized spray droplets can break apart at application speeds above 125 mph, creating smaller droplets that are more susceptible to drift. Volare DC optimizes droplet size and deposition by “right-sizing” spray droplets to resist wind stream shear.
“Aerial applicators are under more pressure than ever to cover more acres while delivering timely and on-target applications of crop protection products,” said Jim Reiss, vice president of Agricultural Chemistries at Precision Laboratories. “Precision Laboratories collaborated with university researchers to specifically design an adjuvant that addressed these specific needs in the aerial application industry. We’re excited to provide West Coast aerial applicators with this new adjuvant technology for on-target treatment.”
In 2011, Volare DC was validated through research performed at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Services (ARS) Aerial Application Technology high speed wind tunnel. It reduced drift by more than 30 percent compared to alternatives and provided superior compatibility at a low-use rate.
“Volare DC reduces the percentage of driftable fines without changing the overall droplet spectrum,” said Dr. Scott Bretthauer, extension specialist in Agriculture and Biological Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana. “The diameter of the droplet size does not change and the relative span stays the same, which is critical for a low-volume application.”
Volare DC was introduced to the aerial application industry at the National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA) Convention and Trade Show in late 2012. For more information on Volare DC and other Precision Laboratories products, visit www.precisionlab.com.
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