Prepare your sprayer for storage now to avoid costly problems in the spring

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It is very likely that you will not be using your sprayer again until next spring. If you want to avoid potential problems and save yourself from frustration and major headaches, you will be wise to give your sprayer a little bit of TLC (Tender Loving Care) these days. Yes this is still a busy time of the year for some of you, but don’t delay winterizing your sprayer too long if you already have not done so. You don’t want a pump that is cracked and/or not working at its full capacity because you did not properly winterize it before the temperature falls below freezing. Here are some important things you need to do with your sprayer this time of the year.RinsingIt is very likely that you did the right thing when you used the sprayer the last time: you rinsed the whole system (tank, hoses, filters, nozzles) thoroughly. If you did not, make sure this is done before storing the sprayer. A sprayer that is not rinsed thoroughly after each use, and especially after the spraying season is over, may lead to several problems such as cross-contamination of products applied for different crops, and clogging of nozzles. Once the nozzles are clogged, it is extremely difficult to bring them back to their operating conditions when they were clean. Leaving chemical residues in nozzles will usually lead to changes in their flow rates, as well as in their spray patterns resulting in uneven distribution of chemicals on the target.Depending on the tank, proper rinsing of the interior of the tank could be easy or challenging. It will be very easy if the tank is relatively new and is equipped with special rinsing nozzles and mechanism inside the tank. If this is not the case, manual rinsing of the tank interior is more difficult, and poses some safety problems such as inhaling fumes of leftover chemicals during the rinsing process. To avoid these problems, either replace the tank with one that has the interior rinse nozzles, or install an interior tank rinse system in your existing tank.For effective rinsing of all the sprayer components, circulate clean water through the whole sprayer parts several minutes first with the nozzles off, then flush out the rinsate through the nozzles. Rinsing should be done preferably in the field, or on a concrete chemical mixing/loading pad with a sump to recover rinse water. Regardless, dispose of the rinsate according to what is recommended on the labels of the pesticides you have used. Always check the label for specific instructions. However, most labels recommend following procedure: If rinsing is done on a concrete rinse pad with a sump, put the rinsate collected in the sump back in the tank, dilute it with water and spray it in the field where there is no potential for the rinsate to reach ditches and other water bodies nearby. If the rinsing is done in the field, make sure you are not flushing out the rinsate in the system in one area. It is best to further dilute the rinse water in the tank and, spray it on the field on areas where there is no potential for the rinsate to reach ditches and other water bodies nearby.CleaningRinsing the system with water as explained above may not be sufficient to get rid of chemicals from the sprayer. This may lead to cross-contamination problems. Residues of some pesticides left in the sprayer may cause serious problems when a spray mixture containing these residual materials is applied on a crop that is highly sensitive to that pesticide. To avoid such problems, it is best to clean and rinse the entire spraying system with some sort of a cleaning solution. Usually a mixture of one to 100 of household ammonia to water should be adequate for cleaning the tank, but you may first need to clean the tank with a mixture containing detergent if tank was not cleaned weeks ago, right after the last spraying job was done. Some chemicals require specific rinsing solution. There is an excellent Extension Publication from University of Missouri which lists many commonly used pesticides and the specific rinsing solutions required for them. It is available online. Check it out (http://extension.missouri.edu/p/G4852). However, you should always check the product label to find out the most recent recommendations on cleaning agents.Cleaning the outside of the sprayer components deserves equal attention. Remove compacted deposits with a bristle brush. Then flush the exterior parts of the equipment with water. A high-pressure washer can be used, if available. Wash the exterior of the equipment either in the field away from ditches and water sources nearby, or a specially constructed concrete rinse pad with a sump. Again, the rinsate should be disposed of according to the label recommendations. As I mentioned earlier, most labels recommends the same practice: put the rinsate collected in the sump back in the tank, dilute it with water and spray it in the field where there is no potential for the rinsate to reach ditches and other water bodies nearby.WinterizingMake sure one more there is no liquid left inside any of the sprayer parts to prevent freezing. The pump, the heart of a sprayer, requires special care. You don’t want a pump that is cracked and/or not working at its full capacity because you did not properly winterize it before the temperature falls below freezing. After draining the water, add a small amount of oil, and rotate the pump four or five revolutions by hand to completely coat interior surfaces. Make sure that this oil is not going to damage rubber rollers in a roller pump or rubber parts in a diaphragm pump. Check the operator’s manual. If oil is not recommended, pouring one tablespoon of radiator rust inhibitor in the inlet and outlet part of the pump also keeps the pump from corroding. Another alternative is to put automotive antifreeze with rust inhibitor in the pump and other sprayer parts. This also protects against corrosion and prevents freezing in case all the water is not drained. To prevent corrosion, remove nozzle tips and strainers, dry them, and store them in a dry place. Putting them in a can of light oil such as diesel fuel or kerosene is another option.StorageFind ways to protect your sprayer against the harmful effects of snow, rain, sun, and strong winds. Moisture in the air, whether from snow, rain, or soil, rusts metal parts of unpro­tected equipment of any kind. This is especially true for a sprayer, because there are all kinds of hoses, rubber gaskets and plastic pieces all around a sprayer. Yes, the sun usually helps reduce moisture in the air, but it also causes damage. Ultraviolet light softens and weakens rubber materials such as hoses and tires and degrades some tank materials. The best protection from the environment is to store sprayers in a dry building. Storing sprayers in a building also gives you a chance to work on them any time during the off-season regardless of weather. If storing in a building is not possible, provide some sort of cover. When storing trailer-type sprayers, put blocks under the frame or axle and reduce tire pressure during storage.Finally, check the condition of all sprayer parts one more time before leaving the sprayer behind. Identify the parts that may need to be worked on, or replaced. Check the tank, and hoses to make sure there are no signs of cracks starting to take place. Check the painted parts of the sprayer for scratched spots. Touch up these areas with paint to eliminate corrosion. By the way, don’t forget to cover openings so that birds don’t make a nest somewhere in your sprayer, and insects, dirt, and other foreign material cannot get into the system.last_img read more

The Sequence In Which You Do Things Matters

first_img Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now It matters if you put discovery before presenting. It also matters if you set the context for the conversation by sharing ideas and insights and experiences that suggest your dream client should explore doing something different. The order in which you do these things can improve or diminish your chances for achieving your desired outcomes. You might set the stage for change or ruin it.You might start at the top of the organizational chart in hopes of being sponsored down into the organization. You might also sneak in the back door, find someone who will engage with you and give you a theory that helps you to create an opportunity with leadership. Both of these are viable strategies, but choosing one means not choosing the other. Each comes with advantages and disadvantages. You may eliminate resistance or create it.You could choose to bring obstacles and opponents into the sales process early, counting on your sponsors and coaches to defend your idea and help them agree to change—or at least stand down. Another choice would be to isolate the opponents to you and your change until your initiative is a forgone conclusion, a runaway train that can no longer be stopped. You may win a deal to find you lack the support to make it work.You might do the most difficult or unpleasant task first thing in the morning, when your will is at highest point, and when you have the psychic RAM. You might also do what you enjoy the most when your energy is at its peak and save the thing you like to do least until the end of the day. The order in which you do things will have an impact on whether—and how—they get done.Good salesmanship is made up of good choices. You have to decide what to do, and oftentimes you must decide in what order to things. The decision as to the sequence comes with consequences, and the decision as to the order of operations is as important as the decision as to what to do and how you do it.last_img read more

I’ve learned the most from MS Dhoni: Virat Kohli

first_imgVirat Kohli has taken a break from cricket with Rohit Sharma leading Team India in the ongoing 2018 Asia Cup, but the dashing batsman in a recent interview professed his love for captaincy.Moreover so, Kohli also revealed the influence of Mahendra Singh Dhoni in how he is as a captain”Not really anyone before MS. I was always someone who kept talking to him about the game so even when I was really young, before I was made vice-captain, I would give him my suggestions,” Kohli told ‘Wisden’.”I love thinking about the game and that’s why I enjoy captaincy so much and I enjoy chasing totals so much I love using my brain to figure out what needs to be done during the game.”I’ve learned the most from MS, standing so close to him at slip so many times and just observing him at close quarters,” Kohli added.When asked about ICC’s proposal of trying out ‘four-day’ Tests, Kohli said that Test cricket should not be “tinkered” with and also that he does not see it getting compressed to four days.READ – Virat Kohli needs to work out the MS Dhoni conundrumKohli has been one of the top run scorers in Tests in recent times, and plays and talks about it with passion.”I cannot explain to you the job satisfaction that you get when you do well in Test cricket, because you know how demanding it is,” Kohli said.”It’s the most beautiful format of the game. I don’t think it’s going to go anywhere. I don’t even see it getting compressed to four days.”advertisementAsked if he looks at the proposed four-day Test matches as a backward step, Kohli said, “Definitely. It should not be tinkered with.”READ – Dhoni more popular than Kohli and Tendulkar in IndiaThe increasing number of T20 leagues around the world has posed a threat to the traditional five-day format, with the ODIs close to facing an existential crisis.”In a few countries, yes. It all depends on the awareness of people who watch the game. If you take a country like South Africa or Australia or England, they have big crowds for Test matches because people understand the sport.”It’s literally living life over five days. There are so many ups and downs and even when you’ve done well you’ve got to keep coming back and doing it all over again.”I think that if you really understand the sport, if you really love the sport, you understand Test cricket and you understand how exciting it is. I cannot explain to you the job satisfaction that you get when you do well in Test cricket, because you know how demanding it is.”The ICC will introduce a nine-team two-year Test world championship in 2019, alongside a 13-team ODI league as well as trialling four-day matches.Kohli is in favour of the forthcoming Test championship. He scored 593 runs at 59.30 in the Test series against England.”I think that is going to give a huge push to Test cricket. It makes every series more competitive, and there’s going to be ups and downs throughout the Championship, which I really look forward to. The teams that love playing Test cricket are always going to be passionate about it.”And it also depends on the system you have back home as well. If you’re not going to give more importance to first-class cricket, then people are going to lose motivation to play the longest format of the game.”And with the T20 format coming in I think there’s far greater responsibility on all the cricket boards across the world to treat first-class cricket really well, because if the facilities and the standard goes up, then the motivation always stays.”(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

8 days agoMan Utd teenager Williams signs new contract

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd teenager Williams signs new contractby Freddie Taylor8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have tied down Brandon Williams to a new contract.The promising teenager was impressive on debut in the Europa League draw with AZ Alkmaar last month.The new deal will keep him at United until June 2022, with the option to extend for a further year.Speaking after the AZ result, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was full of praise for the young fullback.”You won’t see a better full debut from a full back anywhere,” the Red Devils coach said.”The boy is just going to improve and improve. He’s got the right mentality. I’m very pleased for him.” last_img

Louisville Commit G.G. Robinson Says It’s “Messed Up’ That The Cardinals Pulled Their Offer From Matt Colburn

first_imgThe bad side of college football recruiting was showcased by Louisville Monday night, as the Cardinals pulled their scholarship offer from commit Matt Colburn, less than two days before National Signing Day. Bobby Petrino’s program received some serious criticism from recruiting analysts following the news, including this rant from a Rivals.com writer that called for all South Carolina high school players to boycott Louisville. Even a Cardinals’ commit thinks Louisville was rough on Colburn, a three-star running back out of Irmo, South Carolina. G.G. Robinson, a three-star defensive end committed to Petrino’s program, tweeted the following Tuesday morning. Man what Louisville did to my boy Matt was messed up….. That’s awful— GG (@GGRobinson85) February 3, 2015What Louisville did isn’t unheard of, but doing it less than 48 hours before National Signing Day seems fairly classless. The Cardinals’ 2015 class ranks No. 31 in the country by 247 Sports’ Team Rankings.last_img read more

Abilities Foundation Launches Unit for Training

first_img Senator Reid lauded the work of the Abilities Foundation and reiterated the Government’s commitment to creating an inclusive education system for all. For her part, Project Director for the Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s PATH Programme, Elsa Marks-Willis, lauded the partnership of the Abilities Foundation and Digicel Foundation, noting that these partnerships have helped the Ministry to position itself towards the achievement of its mandate of the protection of the rights and freedoms of persons with disabilities. Story Highlights The Abilities Foundation has launched its new Beauty Services Unit, as part of its mandate to provide more training opportunities for persons with disabilities. The Abilities Foundation has launched its new Beauty Services Unit, as part of its mandate to provide more training opportunities for persons with disabilities.The unit, which was launched on November 28 at the Abilities Foundation’s Constant Spring Road address in Kingston, is a renovated classroom outfitted with five stations for nail and make-up artistry as well as a hair dressing area to facilitate cosmetology training of the students.It was established at a cost of $1 million, with proceeds from the 2016 Digicel 5K Run for Special Needs initiative and the Ministry of Labour and Social Security.Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, who addressed the launch, welcomed the programme.“This is another forward step in the vocational training programmes offered to persons with disabilities, which allow them to function as creative and productive citizens,” he said.Senator Reid lauded the work of the Abilities Foundation and reiterated the Government’s commitment to creating an inclusive education system for all.For his part, Senator Dr. Floyd Morris expressed pleasure at the increasing public- and private-sector support for this vulnerable community.“This programme is evidence that something is happening where disability is concerned. We must intensify these efforts to ensure that the lives of persons with disabilities are transformed and improved, so that we can have a truly inclusive and responsive society,” he said.For her part, Project Director for the Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s PATH Programme, Elsa Marks-Willis, lauded the partnership of the Abilities Foundation and Digicel Foundation, noting that these partnerships have helped the Ministry to position itself towards the achievement of its mandate of the protection of the rights and freedoms of persons with disabilities.In her review of the project, Managing Director of the Abilities Foundation, Susan Hamilton, thanked the various stakeholders for their support to equip the students with the requisite training and certification to become productive members of the society.The curriculum is a customised seven-month course in nails technology and make-up artistry. The HEART Trust/NTA College of Cosmetology and Beauty Services is providing the training.It will be further expanded to offer certified training in a range of beauty services, including natural-hair care, and barbering for young men.The first cohort, consisting of eight students, began training in nails technology in September of this year. Assessments will be conducted in December.Funding for the programme is provided through the Workforce Inclusion Project, a partnership between the Government and the World Bank.Additionally, Digicel Foundation donated some $2.9 million to the Abilities Foundation for the purchase of equipment.Also attending the function were Chairman of Digicel Foundation, Jean Lowrie-Chin; Executive Director of the Combined Disabilities Association, Gloria Goffe; and Country Representative for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Mark Connolly.last_img read more

What The Hells Gotten Into Daniel Murphy

When theretofore ordinary second baseman Daniel Murphy turned into the reincarnation of Babe Ruth during last year’s playoffs, it was a fun story. Murphy was with the New York Mets through their lean, mediocre post-Madoff years, and he was suddenly the driving force behind their surprise World Series run. It seemed proof that in a handful of baseball games, damn near anything can happen.But for the sabermetrically minded (which presumably included the Mets’ front office), Murphy was still the decent-but-not-great player that his overall record said he was, and at age 30, he was likely on the downside of his career. So during the winter, the Mets moved on from Murphy to Neil Walker at second base — which, according to the stats, was basically the right call. Murphy signed with the Washington Nationals instead, and although projections suggested that he would have a solid season, there didn’t seem to be any way that he would build on his outlier postseason performance.Those projections have turned out to be flat-out wrong. Instead of reverting to his previous form, Murphy has looked an awful lot like the guy who went on that postseason tear: He currently ranks third in the National League in Weighted Runs Created Plus (wRC+)1A measure of a player’s runs generated per plate appearance, relative to the league, where average is 100 and higher numbers are better. and fourth in wins above replacement. (Murphy has also hit Mets pitching especially hard this year, delivering what already ranks as the most RBIs by a player against a team he played for the previous season since 1960.)For a guy who has never ranked higher than 37th in WAR, Murphy has taken a quantum leap forward. If Murphy maintains his current wRC+ for the entire season, it will be the 21st-biggest single-season improvement by a hitter over his previous career wRC+ at age 31 or older2With a minimum of 3,500 career plate appearances before the season in question and at least 350 plate appearances during the season itself. since 1901: Willie Stargell1971.398.628186.341.503134+52 PLAYERYEAROBPSLGWRC+OBPSLGWRC+WRC+ CHANGE Barry Bonds2002.582.799244.418.585164+80 Joe Morgan1976.444.576184.396.430138+46 Many of the people atop that list — including (but not limited to) Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Ken Caminiti and Mark McGwire — have admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs, were named in the Mitchell Report or were otherwise implicated in baseball’s steroid scandal via leaked test results. But nothing so sinister has been mentioned to explain Murphy’s rise, and some players outside the steroid era experienced similar (presumably natural) leaps in performance.Murphy has always credited Mets hitting coach Kevin Long with making several key adjustments to his approach at the plate in an effort to help him hit for more power. Here’s Tyler Kepner of The New York Times last October, on Murphy’s swing changes:“Long believed Murphy should harness [his] power by driving more with his legs, moving closer to the plate, getting his front foot down sooner and bringing his hands lower and closer to his body.”The numbers bear this out: Murphy’s 2016 isolated power is 115 points higher than his previous career average, and he’s hitting the ball authoritatively in new areas of the strike zone. Murphy was always a solid hitter on pitches up and on the inner half of the plate, but his new approach has him driving the ball more on pitches in the middle of the plate and even ones low and away: Paul O’Neill1994.460.603171.341.443115+56 Ken Caminiti1996.408.621169.328.402102+67 Barry Bonds2004.609.812233.433.602171+62 Roy Cullenbine1946.477.537182.402.422132+50 Luis Gonzalez2001.429.688173.355.460114+59 Only includes players with a minimum of 3,500 career plate appearances before season and 350 in season.WRC+ = Weighted Runs Created PlusSource: Fangraphs Lonnie Smith1989.415.533166.362.401116+50 Of course, it’s still unlikely that Murphy has morphed into a hidden superstar after seven big-league seasons. Players in their 30s who improved on their previous career wRC+ by between 40 and 60 points in one season tended to lose 36 points of batting average, 38 points of on-base percentage and 80 points of slugging percentage the next year. But, on average, they were still better than they’d been before. Even a year after the initial breakout, they hit for a wRC+ 15 points higher than their career average had been beforehand.That means Murphy probably is a better hitter now than he was in New York. And considering the damage he’s already personally inflicted on the Mets in head-to-head competition, it also means he may well end up being the key to an NL East title for the Nationals. Not bad for a player most thought would turn back into a pumpkin after his Cinderella story last October.Check out our latest MLB predictions. Dixie Walker1944.434.529168.369.434115+53 Mike Schmidt1981.435.644198.375.526145+53 Javy Lopez2003.378.687170.332.478107+63 Jermaine Dye2006.385.622151.334.469104+47 Sammy Sosa2001.437.737186.333.523119+67 Roberto Clemente1967.400.554170.348.455118+52 Biggest hitting improvements at age 31 or older, 1901-2016 Brady Anderson1996.396.637155.349.393103+52 Barry Bonds2001.515.863235.411.567159+76 Mark McGwire1998.470.752205.382.556152+53 SEASONPREVIOUS CAREER Jimmy Dykes1929.412.539143.356.40496+47 Daniel Murphy2016.387.598157.331.424109+48 J.T. Snow2004.429.529153.353.426104+49 Rickey Henderson1990.439.577190.400.429136+54 Victor Martinez2014.409.565167.369.464120+47 Bret Boone2001.372.578149.313.41388+61 Eddie Joost1949.429.453136.332.32187+49 read more

Bucks wallop Walsh

The Ohio State men’s basketball team got its 2009-10 campaign off to a strong start, beating the Walsh Cavaliers 86-48 in an exhibition game Wednesday.Junior Evan Turner made his debut at point guard and had little trouble adapting to his new position. Turner finished the night with 15 points, 14 rebounds and six assists, just four assists shy of a triple-double.Sophomore William Buford also scored 15 points, including 11 in the first half.Buford was six of eight from the field and made his only three point attempt.Junior David Lighty added 11 points and, perhaps more importantly, appeared to be fully recovered from last year’s season-ending foot injury.The Buckeyes officially begin their season Monday against Alcorn State at the Schottenstein Center.

Ohio State womens soccer upsets Tennessee advances to second round of NCAA

The Ohio State women’s soccer team opened the NCAA tournament with a victory Saturday, knocking off regional No. 4 seed Tennessee, 3-0, in Knoxville, Tenn. Junior forward Tiffany Cameron netted two of OSU’s goals, including a seventh-minute strike that set the tone early. She now has a team-leading eight goals on the season. OSU extended its lead to 2-0 on a 68th minute goal from sophomore midfielder Kristen Niederhaus. Cameron followed that up with her second goal of the game six minutes later. The Buckeyes outshot the Volunteers, 20-10, including a 9-3 advantage in shots on goal. Senior goalie Katie Baumgardner only needed to make three saves on her way to picking up her seventh shutout of the season. It was also her fourth shutout in six career NCAA tournament contests. The Buckeyes haven’t been as successful as they have wanted on the offensive attack lately, so the three scores were a welcome sign for the Buckeyes and coach Lori Walker. “For a team that’s struggled to find the back of the net, it was critical for us to have (Cameron) find the back of the net,” Walker said following the game according to the team’s webpage. “I think we have known all along that we are a quality team but soccer’s a cruel game and sometimes you don’t always get the results. … Hopefully we can continue this run.” The Buckeyes (11-8-2) advance to play second-seeded Milwaukee in the second round at 5 p.m. Friday at Duke’s Koskinen Stadium in Durham, N.C. read more