International crop studies are underway in North Platte, as scientists from around the globe gather to test spray drift. The hot and windy conditions this week play a key role in the research.
Researcher Andrew Hewitt said, "We're trying to get a handle on how we can change the effect of evaporation on a spray and get more of the spray on the crop."
Researchers from Australia, New Zealand, Poland, and the U.S. gathered at the West Research Center to understand how particles move off target when spraying crops... Often drifting onto their neighbors.
"A lot of the work's driven by herbicides because they're the ones that can cause damage to a neighbor's crop," said Hewitt.
Wind is what carries those pesticides from one crop field to another, something that Nebraska has had a lot of.
"We come out to the field and take the best of what we found in the wind tunnel to the field where we can't control anything. The wind will do what the wind will do when we're in the field," said Hewitt.
The scientists are looking to reduce evaporation by adjusting water and oil rates in the sprays... And local researchers say the international collaboration is beneficial.
"This is a perfect example of how what we do will benefit others and what they do will benefit us."