Advanced Spray Training courses run by Craig Day, an experienced spray specialist from Spray Safe and Save, are being offered to NSW grain and cotton growers, farm staff, contractors and advisors, fully funded through the AgSkilled program. They consist of two parts: a one-day workshop; plus a workplace visit later that week. The course meets the requirements for NSW chemical user accreditation.
Workshops will take participants through topics including weather, drift reduction, how to recognise and avoid inversions, new technology, record keeping, practical strategies for mixing and applying chemicals, as well as practical demonstrations of nozzles and water rates.
“To ensure applications are on-target, applied safely and used in the most effective way, it’s important growers understand how elements like nozzle type, droplet size and spray quality, tank mix formulations, water quality and weather conditions can impact application,” Mr Day says.
“Together the workshop and on-farm visit will see growers develop customized spray drift application plans. We will fine tune their operations, to maximise the effectiveness of chemicals.”
Courses are scheduled for Dubbo, Warren, Wellington, Narrabri, Moree, North Star, Gunnedah, Lake Cargelligo, Deniliquin, Finley, Holbrook, Oaklands, Griffith, Leeton, Harden, Forbes and Grenfell.
The Advanced Chemical Spray Application Training course is being offered by Tocal College, fully funded by AgSkilled - a training initiative funded by the NSW Government and led by industry partners Cotton Australia and the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC).