I’m sure you’ve seen how hard water can leave its mark in and around plumbing fixtures and on clothing, but have you taken the time to consider what it means for your spray solutions?
Water across the Prairie provinces varies from moderately hard to very hard. If you are farming on the Prairies, you are, without question, dealing with some degree of hard water. And, as you may know, hard water goes hand-in-hand with high pH (greater than 7). Not only will hard water decrease the effectiveness of your crop protection products and foliar fertilizers, repeatedly spraying high pH water can make the soil acidic, creating a stressful growing condition for crops.
This year, when it comes time to spray, get the best efficacy from your herbicides, fungicides, insecticides and foliar fertilizers, by conditioning your water first.
The best choice for in-season spraying, SopHtner95 softens and lowers the pH of hard spray water to 5.5-6.0, improving the efficacy of crop input products. When used with micronutrients, it will increase the chelation properties of the solution and improve the spread of droplets on the leaf, allowing for better uptake. It will also buffer the tank mix and help to control algae in the tank.
Formulated with naturally-occurring organic acids, SopHtner95 is safer to use in-crop than other common pH reducers, such as sulfuric acid and ammonium sulfate, and is considered an environmentally sound management tool for lowering alkaline soil conditions to reduce crop-stress.
Don’t forget – for in-season spray, use SopHtner 95 to get the best out of your foliars, micronutrients and chemistries; for the best results with burn-off or desiccation, you’ll want to “pHix” your water. OMEX’s pHix is a water conditioner formulated with stabilized sulfur to prevent herbicide tie-up and help you get a better burn.
Talk to your retailer or OMEX sales representative for more information on improving the quality of your spray water.