[NAFEX] Re: Surround information
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Tue Mar 4 23:21:11 EST 2003
My experience was different. I used a cheap 1 gallon (1/2 gal?) tank,
and didn't come close to using up all that I'd mixed with one cover of
all my apples. I didn't want to use it on other stuff, because I have
a lot of spiders and other predators, and don't want to disrupt their
home. So I left the rest in the sprayer. I figured that clay is
pretty stable, and it would probably keep.
A couple of weeks later I used it again. I agitate by picking up the
canister and shaking hard, rotating between rightside up, upside down,
and side-to-side. In short order, I had a nice suspension again, which
I had no trouble spraying, and which dried to the same dusty white as
the first use.
On Tuesday, March 4, 2003, at 02:11 PM, Terence L Bradshaw wrote:
> Can you save the spray mix over the weekend in the sprayer or a
> bucket to use later, with no reaction or breakdown taking place
> (other than with the sticker-spreader)?
> It won't break down, but it will settle out. I left some in a spray
> tank overnight and the settled clay plugged the intake line, drain
> plug, and was a bear to get mixed back up. Mix it and sprat it
> immediately, unless you can keep it agitated.
> When mixing it in small loads: I have always sprayed it in a tank
> with at least 35, usually 50 gallons at a time. I nearly fill the
> tank, then add the material slowly with the agitation on.
> Occasionally I will have to shut the pump down and clean out the
> strainer...one grower I know takes all filter screens out when using
> it, although that is not necessary. It may be helpful to premix it
> before adding it to the sprayer, but if you don't use enough water it
> will turn into a sludgey mess. Once I get my home orchard planted this
> year and start using it with "homeowner" type spray equipment, I will
> have to fine-tune my strategy.
> Glad to help with any other question.
> Terence Bradshaw
> 1189 Wheeler Road
> Calais, VT 05648
> madshaw at innevi.com
> The views represented by me are mine and mine only................
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