Welcome to Sprayers 101

Welcome to Sprayers 101

Sprayers 101 is a non-profit resource describing best practices in safe, efficient and effective agricultural spraying. The site is based in Canada with content freely contributed by international authors. Browse our library of articles, videos, presentations, apps, calculators, tables and ePubs.

Jason (@Spray_Guy) and Tom (@Nozzle_Guy)

Our most recent articles:

  • An orchardist taught me this trick: If you want to know if spray will penetrate a canopy, you should be able to see sunlight through the shadow at high noon.

    Establishing an optimal airblast carrier volume

    North American product labels may or may not include carrier volume recommendations. When they do, it could be based on a two-dimensional value like the planted area, or perhaps on row length which is more appropriate for trellised crops that form contiguous hedge-like canopy walls. Volume may be tied to product concentration, which sets minimum […]

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  • Horsch Leeb sprayer gives people what they want with 6.300 VL model

    Theodor Leeb started building self-propelled sprayers in Bavaria, Germany in 2001 and formed a partnership with Horsch LLC in 2011 (Horsch has been selling tillage and seeding equipment in North America since 2001 and has 17 dealers in the prairie provinces). The resulting company, Horsch Leeb Application Systems GmbH, is headquartered in Landau a.d. Isar, […]

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  • The Ideal Sprayer (an open letter to sprayer manufacturers)

    Today‚Äôs sprayer has to excel at a lot of things. It has to have capacity and low weight. It has to go fast but be comfortable. It needs wide booms that stay level over complex terrain. It has to deliver the right spray volume at the right spray quality for the job. It has to […]

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  • Nozzle Night in Canada

    We were invited to participate in an episode of The Vegetable Beet podcast (go subscribe right now!) Give a listen to “Spring Sprayer Startup on Centre Ice”. As well as providing excellent agronomic information for vegetable producers, the hosts and producers are talented entertainers. Many of their episodes end with a mock sponsor reel that […]

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  • Airblast Spring Start-up and Winterizing

    Any description of airblast sprayer start-up must, contextually, make assumptions on how it was winterized for long-term storage. This cyclic relationship is why I use a chicken-and-egg title slide when giving this presentation. The inability to describe one process without the other is further complicated by the possibility that the sprayer is brand new and was […]

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  • The Label Summary Sheet Proposal

    In an earlier article we identified shortcomings in the content and design of today’s pesticide labels. From the perspective of the spray applicator, the information needed most often can be difficult to locate, anachronistic, contradictory, subjective or even missing from the label altogether. To truly encourage an applicator to read and follow the label we need a consistent, concise and clear format […]

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