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How water source, scarcity, and efficacy play into the spray decision

By: RealAgriculture Agronomy Team

June 10, 2021

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Water, and access to clean water, is likely to define the next generation of agricultural inputs. Even if the Prairies return to a more average rainfall pattern in the short term, water scarcity is becoming more of an issue in several geographies and jurisdictions.

Water isn’t just required for plant growth, of course; it’s required in large volumes for crop protection, as well.

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But does water used for spraying need to be potable? Realistically no; however, depending on the area, municipal water is likely the highest quality and most convenient. Suspended particles, water hardness, and pH can turn a spray application into a nightmare if not accounted for.

Water quality matters to be sure, but there are products and processes available to use non-treated water sources for spraying. In due time, farmers may not have much choice otherwise.

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Listen below to Peter Johnson’s quick discussion on what does and doesn’t matter with water when spraying, and have your say in our poll, here: