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Evaluation of Drift-Reducing Nozzles for Pesticide Application in Hazelnut (Corylus avellana L.)

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CREA Consiglio per la Ricerca in Agricoltura e l’Analisi dell’Economia Agraria, Centro di Ricerca Ingegneria e Trasformazioni Agroalimentari, Via della Pascolare 16, 00015 Monterotondo, Italy
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CREA Consiglio per la Ricerca in Agricoltura e l’Analisi dell’Economia Agraria, Centro di Ricerca Ingegneria e Trasformazioni Agroalimentari, Via Milano 43, 24047 Treviglio, Italy
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Academic Editor: Travis Esau
Received: 9 March 2021 / Revised: 6 April 2021 / Accepted: 9 April 2021 / Published: 14 April 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Evaluation of New Technological Solutions in Agriculture)
Spraying pesticides using air induction nozzles is a well-known method to reduce drift. These drift-reducing nozzles have been tested on many different tree crops (such as apples, citrus, and grapes), but we are still lacking information on their utilization on hazelnut (Corylus avellana L.) groves, although hazelnut is a major nut crop in Italy, and in recent years its cultivated area has been constantly growing. This paper reports a comparison between treatments carried out with cone and flat-fan low-drift nozzles versus two conventional nozzles. The distribution quality, the number of droplets per cm2 of the target area, and the drift in non-target trees adjacent to those treated were evaluated by analyzing the impact of the droplets on water-sensitive papers placed on the tree canopies. The results show that because no significative differences in terms of application quality were found between the tested nozzles, low-drift nozzles can be a good alternative to the standard nozzles to reduce the drift of pesticide applications in hazelnuts without altering the chosen distribution of the pesticide. View Full-Text
Keywords: pesticides; low-drift nozzles; anti-drift nozzles; spraying; plant protection products pesticides; low-drift nozzles; anti-drift nozzles; spraying; plant protection products
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Biocca, M.; Cutini, M.; Romano, E.; Pallottino, F.; Gallo, P. Evaluation of Drift-Reducing Nozzles for Pesticide Application in Hazelnut (Corylus avellana L.). AgriEngineering 2021, 3, 230-239. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/agriengineering3020015

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Biocca M, Cutini M, Romano E, Pallottino F, Gallo P. Evaluation of Drift-Reducing Nozzles for Pesticide Application in Hazelnut (Corylus avellana L.). AgriEngineering. 2021; 3(2):230-239. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/agriengineering3020015

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Biocca, Marcello, Maurizio Cutini, Elio Romano, Federico Pallottino, and Pietro Gallo. 2021. "Evaluation of Drift-Reducing Nozzles for Pesticide Application in Hazelnut (Corylus avellana L.)" AgriEngineering 3, no. 2: 230-239. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/agriengineering3020015

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