Organizing a Spray Job
With Kiwi, your spray job is carried out in such a way to reduce hazards
If not carried out safely, spraying pesticides may cause hazards to other people, property or the environment so it is important that it is carried out in such a way to reduce these hazards. A process called a risk assessment is carried out to ensure our customers have met all their responsibilities prior to the spray job taking place. We have listed the suggested steps you take when asking us to carry out a spray job on your farm.
Prior to the spray job
We recommend you ensure that the agronomist or crop adviser gives you a written recommendation for the chemistry to ensure that the right products are used.
All pesticides must be applied according to the label. You should read the label and check for the following:
Product must be EPA registered to be applied by air.
Product must be registered for the crop you want to spray.
The rates you want to use must be within label limits.
Any other requirements such as water rates must be met.
The earlier you book in your spray the more likely that you will get the spray done at the time you need it. The Kiwi Flight Plan office will send you a spray order form on service request.
Inform your neighbor of the spray and see if they have any crops, livestock, or staff that may be affected by the proposed spray.
Ensure there is water available at the location our ground system will be installed.
Arrange to get the chemical delivered to our ground system.
Based on your conversations with your neighbors we may need to do the spray with a special wind direction to avoid damaging one of their crops. Check the weather forecasts for when you are likely to get these winds. Talk to the Kiwi Flight Plan office as they constantly check forecasts and have a fair idea of what winds to expect.
Complete the spray order form. Make sure you include a map of the farm with the fields to be treated marked clearly. If your neighbors have susceptible crops make sure they are marked as well. Also mark other hazards such as powerlines, towers, school bus stops etc.
Make sure all your farm staff and any contractors on the farm are aware of the intended spray job. Kiwi Flight Plan office has a notice that you can give to them that informs them what to expect when the aircraft is around and how to keep themselves safe.
During the job
The Kiwi Flight Plan office will contact you prior to deployment to ensure that all is OK. Your main responsibilities during the job are:
Ensure there are no people in the spray area or on the downwind area.
Keep an eye on the weather and let Kiwi Flight plan Office know if the required conditions change or are not suitable.
Ensure that someone is around to talk to the remote pilot in command or visual observer should they have any questions when they arrive.
If you receive any objections or complaints about the spray
job during the application, immediately notify the remote pilot in command and they will stop until the problem is sorted out.
After the job
Inspect the application as soon as practical to ensure you got the job you wanted. Errors are cheaper and easier to fix if you get on to them quickly.
If you become aware of any damage to neighbors crops, notify the Kiwi Flight plan office as soon as possible.
Kiwi will send you documentation on the details of the job. Keep this as a record of the application along with diary notes of any incidents that occurred during the application process.
Kiwi are professional aerial applicators and have a robust process for carrying out a risk free application. Problems occurring from a spray application are very rare, but we insist that this risk assessment is done for every job to ensure that all applications are done to the highest possible standards.