The On Target Application Academy for hands-on sprayer training is being offered throughout the Midwest at no cost to growers and custom applicators. The next training sessions are scheduled Tuesday, July 17, at Iowa State University, and Wednesday, July 18, at Purdue Diagnostic Training Center (see below).

The sprayer academy features extensive hands-on training that is led by Bob Wolf of Wolf Consulting and Research. The program covers new application technologies to help growers achieve the most effective and sustainable weed control possible. It also includes information on mitigating spray drift, plant biology, and advancements in product chemistries.

The academy was developed by Wolf, TeeJet Technologies and BASF with input from growers.

“At the heart of the training is a detailed overview of new product and equipment technologies, training on proper equipment setup, including calibration, nozzle selection and clean-out, and a review of best practices for self-application,” Wolf said. “State certification courses and exams are important steps in ensuring proper herbicide application. The On Target Application Academy supplements these efforts, offering more detail around best management practices and factors that affect proper application.”

Schedule of events

(Additional event days will be announced as they are secured.)

July 17

Iowa State Advanced Spray Technology Clinic, Iowa State Field Extension Education Laboratory, Ames, Iowa. Two sessions: 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Register online.

July 18

Indiana Association of Professional Crop Consultants Day, Purdue Diagnostic Training Center, West Lafayette, Indiana. Two sessions: 12:30 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. Visit the BASF website for more information.

July 25

Illinois Farm Bureau Commodities Conference, Bloomington-Normal Marriott, Bloomington, Illinois, 10:20 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Register online.

July 26

Milan No-Till Field Day, University of Tennessee Ag Research and Education Center - BASF exhibit, Milan, Tennessee. Two sessions planned; starting times will be announced later. Visit the BASF website for more information.

July 27

Ag-PhD Field Day, Hefty Seeds Company - BASF exhibit, Baltic, South Dakota. Two sessions planned; starting times will be announced later. Visit the BASF website for more information.

August - TBD

Ohio Soybean Council Field Day

Agribusiness Council of Indiana Field Tour

Traylor’s Customer Field Day

Visit the BASF website for more information.

September 5

BASF Grower Field Day, BASF Research Farm, Beaver Crossing, Nebraska, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Visit the BASF website for more information.

September 12

North Carolina State University Cotton Field Day, Upper Coastal Research Station, Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Four sessions planned; starting times will be announced later. Visit the BASF website for more information.

September 27

Iowa State University Advanced Spray Technology Clinic, Iowa State Field Extension Education Laboratory, Ames, Iowa; two sessions: 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Online registration will open this summer. Visit the BASF website for more information.

November 27

BASF Grower Field Day, Site TBD, Mendota, Illinois, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Visit the BASF website for more information.

November 28

BASF Grower Field Day, Beck Agricultural Center, West Lafayette, Indiana, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Visit the BASF website for more information.

November 30

BASF Production Agriculture Seminar, Owens Community College, Findlay, Ohio, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Visit the BASF website for more information.

“We’re excited about the programs we’ve been able to join as they not only provide a great opportunity to reach growers, but also include academic, manufacturer and industry representatives who will cover an array of topics, including plant biology, research and weed resistance management programs,” Luke Bozeman, Technical Market Manager, BASF, said.

Bozeman said growers will walk away with a deeper understanding of new technologies to ensure on-target applications, better train employees, maximize yields, protect input investments, and protect lifelong investments in their crops.

The On Target Application Academy is offered at no cost to attendees. For questions or to sign up for an event, please contact us. For more information about the On Target Application Academy, please visit http://www.agro.basf.us/stewardship/on-target-stewardship.html