Not all plant leaves are created equally.

And the differences in the leaf surfaces—such as hairs or a waxy layer—affect how the the plant will take up pesticides and ultimately, their effectiveness.

“The ultimate goal is to get the most out of pesticides, to get the biggest bang for your buck – achieving maximum efficiency while promoting environmental sustainability,” says Erdal Ozkan, an Ohio State University Extension agricultural engineer based in Wooster. “One way of doing that is make sure that the droplets hit the target, remain on the target and the pesticide active ingredients in droplets are taken up by the target.”

How that product is deposited is just as important as how much is being deposited, and knowing what kind of plant surface a grower is dealing with can help tremendously.

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