SPRAY VIOLATION

In an article published in the April 2006 issue of Farm Industry News, titled “First-class delivery,” there may have been incorrect information given. Someone is quoted as saying, “You're not using an off-label rate as long as you're using the correct amount of chemical per acre, but not necessarily their carrier rate.”

FIFRA has been amended to allow reduced herbicide rates, so using a pesticide rate less than label directions is legal. Using a water volume less than allowed on the label is a violation. There is no provision under FIFRA for this. From the viewpoint of EPA, reducing pesticide rates results in lower environmental load, while reducing water volume may increase risk of off-target movement of the pesticide. Without nozzle modification, reducing spray volume can result in smaller droplets, increasing risk of drift.

Inspectors from the North Dakota Department of Agriculture have been measuring water volume in their on-site inspections and fining those in violation.

Rich Zollinger
Extension Weed Specialist
Department of Plant Sciences
North Dakota State University
Fargo, ND

AN ISSUE WITH ETHANOL

A friend passed along his May/June issue of Farm Industry News to me and I read with close interest the article on the current hot button, ethanol [“Convert or buy new: E85”]. I was very glad to see an article that finally told both the pros and cons of ethanol. Most articles in the press never touch on the negatives, and that disturbs me as it looks like they are trying to keep things from the public.

However, I do take issue with one thing in your story. You mention that E85 will have 10 to 15% lower mileage. If you go to the Web site www.fueleconomy.gov and do the math on current flex vehicles, you will find it is more in the 20 to 25% range. Eventually consumers are going to discover all these secrets about ethanol and that it is not all it is hyped up to be.

Paul Neal
Iowa

WESTENDORF WAGONS

I am looking for wheel bearing seals for a Westendorf wagon. Thank you.

Name withheld
Belle Plaine, MN

Contact Westendorf Mfg. Co. Inc., Box 29, Onawa, IA 51040, 877/423-0070, www.westendorf.com.

LAWRENCE EDWARDS & CO.

I am looking for the Lawrence Edwards Company in search of parts for a bale wrapper. They were located in England. Any information would be helpful.

Jon Marquardt
Boomer, WI

Contact Lawrence Edwards & Co. (Engineers) Ltd., The Firs Industrial Estate, Oldington Lane, Stourport Rd., Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY11 7QS, United Kingdom, + 44 (0) 1562 66233.

FARM 'TROL FENCE

We are looking for information on a plastic, round fence cap cover with Crown imprinted on it. We believe that it was from a company called Farm Trol in Theresa, WI.

Deloris Gabler
Augusta, WI

Contact Farm 'Trol Equipment, Attn. Jack Burns, 409 Mayville St., Theresa, WI 53091, 920/488-3221.

COLUMBIAN VISE

I need parts or information on parts for a Columbian bench vise. Thank you.

Rick Harris
Farmington, MN

Contact Medford Tools and Supply Inc., 2160 N. Pacific Hwy., Medford, OR 97501, 541/772-0144, www.medfordtools.com. The company carries Wilton, Columbian and Jet bench vises.

WALSH JACKS

I am looking for parts for a hand-operated hydraulic jack used to lift wagons manufactured by Walsh Manufacturing Company in Iowa.

Ron Haugrend
Lyle, MN

Contact Walsh Equipment, 614 Corning Ave., Des Moines, IA 50313, 515/282-8397.

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