The Use and Importance of Adjuvants to the Agricultural Chemical Industry
The term “adjuvant” refers to a material added to a tank mix to aid or modify the action of an agrichemical or the physical characteristics of the mixture. For example, some adjuvants improve the performance and effectiveness of pesticides by helping them adhere to leaf surfaces, and others minimize foming in the spray tank or limit pesticide spray drift. These materials increase application efficiencies and reduce the need and extent of pesticide applications, thereby helping to reduce risks associated with unintended human exposures and adverse environmental effects. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency does not regulate tank-mix adjuvants, and currently, these products are regulated by only a limited number of States.