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Survey and Save the Date: Airblast Sprayer Calibration Training 13 April

The NC State Small Fruits Extension Program is organizing an Air-Blast Sprayer Training in an HYBRID format  April 13-14, 2021. 

The instructor will be Wayne Riddle from Turbo Mist. Over the last 7 years Wayne has trained under many industry leaders in the AG Industry and has gained a passion for passing on knowledge he has gained. Today he is actively involved in “Train the Trainer” as well as a Calibration School for Regulatory Bodies, Educational Institutions and Growers in Canada and the US for Air-Blast Sprayers. He is actively involved in day to day calibrations with many growers from small growers to corporate growers with a vast range of orchard crops.

1) Here is the Agenda:

  • April 13, 2021: 8am to 11am EST: Online training on Air-Blast sprayer calibration (zoom). This training is open for everyone who is interested. But we only will apply for NC pesticide credits.
  • April 13, 2021, afternoon –  April 14, 2021 afternoon: Wayne can make on-farm visits with a limited amount of interested growers in NORTH CAROLINA ONLY.  We mostly focus on vineyard and orchard growers.

2) Survey (IMPORTANT):

In preparation of this training, we need to ask questions on the model of air-blast sprayer, in which area you are located and if you are interested in a visit after the online training. Please click on the link below to fill out a short 2-3 min survey!

This survey will take 2-3 minutes of your time, and it is absolutely anonymous and voluntary. All information will be handled confidential and only our team will have access to the data. The information we receive will help us to understand your needs and will improve the planned training. The survey will be open from 3/20/2021 – 4/4/2021. 

Mark Hoffmann

Small Fruits Extension Specialist

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About Phil Brannen

Phil Brannen is a Professor in the Plant Pathology Department at the University of Georgia. He attended the University of Georgia for his undergraduate degree in Plant Protection and Pest Management, where he also received an M.S. in Plant Pathology, followed by a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from Auburn University. He has extensive experience with disease management programs in numerous cropping systems. He serves as the extension fruit pathologist for Georgia – conducting research and technology transfer for multiple fruit commodities. His efforts are directed towards developing IPM practices to solve disease issues and technology transfer of disease-management methods to commercial fruit producers. He also teaches the graduate level Field Pathology Course, the History of Plant Diseases and their Impact on Human Societies Course, team-teaches the IPM Course, coordinates the Viticulture and Enology in the Mediterranean Region Course (Cortona, Italy), and guest lectures in numerous other courses throughout the year.