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Online Course Helps Sprayer Operators Improve Efficiency

Sprayers101.ca is a quick and easy way to improve training.

PDF (194 KB) Grape vines Tractor using an airblast sprayer in an orchard. Checking grape vines for pests.

Challenge:

Sprayer operators want a quick and easy way to find information on improving application effectiveness and efficiency.

Solution:

Since 2011, hundreds of sprayer operators across Canada have taken Airblast 101, learning basic and advanced techniques for airblast sprayer operations. Now, you can access that information at your own pace in a more convenient and more cost-effective way through sprayers101.ca. Through this self-guided course, sprayer operators learn how to save time, save money and improve efficacy, often while reducing pesticide use. Sprayers101.ca also provides you with access to factsheets, presentations, instructional videos, and articles that you can't get through in-person courses. Plans are in place to expand the site to include information for field sprayer operators. Launched in January 2014, sprayers101.ca is a collaborative effort between the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and Croplife Canada.

Impact:

  • Sprayers101.ca has received over 4,000 website hits.
  • Industrial and academic institutions recommended the site because it contains information on current best practices that can't be found anywhere else.
  • Sprayers101.ca has been nominated for the international 2014 Association for Communication Excellence (ACE) in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Life and Human Sciences Award.

This is one of the ways the Agriculture Development Branch (ADB) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) provides crop, livestock and business management technology transfer and advice to enable innovation and strengthen the agriculture sector. This project aligns with the Ministry's goal to increase competitiveness through innovation.
Contact Us: Sprayers101.ca Ontario.ca/crops
For more information: Toll Free: 1-877-424-1300 E-mail: ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca
Author: OMAFRA Staff
Creation Date: 02 February 2015
Last Reviewed: 06 February 2015
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