Jun14TueJune 14, 2016
Often times, superintendents are applying numerous different products in a single spray solution to achieve various desired results. For example, fungicides and fertilizers are frequently mixed together, allowing for a more efficient use of time and resources when feeding and protecting turf from disease.
Depending on product chemistry and formulation, problems can arise with incompatibility among mixed products, resulting in coagulation, bound-up product, and clogged sprayer components. Here are a few “best practices” to consider in order to avoid a mixing nightmare in the future:
Recipe for Successful Mixing:
Formulation Mixing Order:
Factors that Affect the Compatibility and Mixing of Formulations:
Types of Incompatibility:
Note: Aliette Signature has long been a staple in putting green management, and is often used on a regular basis to control various diseases and provide optimal plant health during the growing season. Of all the Bayer fungicides, Signature presents the most unique challenges with mixing and loading. When mixing with other fungicides it has long been the recommendation to add Signature to the tank LAST, which usually alleviates any compatibility issues among the various fungicide formulations. However, because of the vast number of products available, when mixing with fertilizers and other products, it is recommended that Aliette Signature, as well as all other fungicides is completely dissolved into solution before any fertility or other plant health products are added. Of course, a jar test is always recommended if any questions remain regarding compatibility.