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Tank mix carrier fluids for pesticide concentrates can consist of water, fluid solution fertilizers, fluid suspension fertilizers, and other fluid agricultural suspensions. Each carrier liquid has its own unique chemical and physical properties that can be advantageous and disadvantageous in tank mix practice. Water is the most widely known emulsion and suspension carrier, but the use of solution and suspension fertilizers as carriers is more economical and more convenient. When fluid fertilizer carriers are employed, their properties necessitate the use of special surfactant-dispersant combinations with the pesticide concentrates. Suspension fertilizers provide more stable tank mixes than water or solution fertilizers.
tank mixes, pesticides, fertilizers, rheology, emulsions, suspensions, tank mix applications
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