IS YOUR SPRAY WATER REDUCING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF YOUR CHEMICALS?
Water varies considerably in terms of quality as well as usability. Salts and impurities in the water can interfere with spray chemicals reducing there effectiveness 50% and more.
WHY IS THE QUALITY OF SPRAY WATER SO IMPORTANT?
Water used for spraying is drawn from many different sources, ponds, streams, wells, city water and aquifers. Due to climatic and seasonal variations, the quality and composition of these waters can vary greatly.
The use of Color-Aide counters both the detrimental effects of high pH and hard water on sensitive pesticides. One function of Color-Aide is to reduce the pH of whatever type of spray water is to be used. The ideal pH range of 4.5 to 5.5 can be readily obtained by addition of Color-Aide to the spray water, using its unique color change reaction to pink. Color-Aide also acts as a wetting, spreading and penetrating agent. When spray water turns pink the surface tension is reduced to 26 dynes per centimeter, resulting in an even film of spray over the leaf and better pesticide performance.
Rate: Mix Color-Aide with the spray water before the addition of any chemicals. Add Color-Aide until the spray water turns pink to get the optimum pH 5.0. Add Color-Aide until the spray water turns orange to select pH 6.0.