When making decisions for planting corn for silage, several factors should be considered. Factors such as soil type, soil fertility, planting and harvest dates, and planting rate should be evaluated. Most importantly, these steps should be addressed:
- The sprayer should be cleaned out before and after each use, especially if you are changing chemicals or crops (Figure 1).
- The entire system including hoses, fittings, filters, solenoids, boom and end caps should be cleaned.
- The spray solution, if possible, should not be left in the sprayer overnight or for long periods as the chemical may be absorbed by sprayer components and may settle out.
- A minimum of three complete rinses are required for most cleanouts.
- All rinse water must be disposed of in compliance with local, state and federal guidelines.
These are just a few tips to use when cleaning out your sprayer and, again, please refer to your label for the proper procedures.
Additional information regarding sprayer cleanout can be found on the Roundup Ready PLUS® Crop Management Solutions website: https://www.roundupreadyplus.com/resourcecenter/sprayer-cleanout.