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8332. Brosten, D. and B. Simmonds. 1990. Air booms stir the industry.. Agrichemical Age Aug/Sept 1990, p. 5, 18-19.
New sprayer technology using high air velocity and/or electrostatic charge has the potential to deliver pesticides more effectively to the target and reduce their use by 25-50%. These sprayers can often be used under much windier conditions than conventional units with minimal risk of drift. The electrostatic unit gives droplets a negative charge, and thus they are attracted and attached to the positively charged plants. Pesticide half-life may also be increased by the charge.

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