Calibration of Chemical Applicators Used in Vegetables

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Calibration is the process of determining the amount of material applied per acre. Equipment for applying both liquid and dry material must be accurately calibrated for the pesticide to work properly and to avoid damaging or killing the crop if, in the case of herbicides, too much is applied. Also, since the label in a container of pesticide is considered to be a legal document, calibration of equipment ensures the product is being applied as specified on the label and that environmental contamination will be minimized.

R.K. Sprenkel
University of Florida IFAS Extension