Experimental Hops Sprayer

Test the sprayer plumbing and stability

First, a warning… In 2013, when this sprayer was constructed, Ontario’s hops acreage was expanding for the first time in many years. While there were a few large operations, most were small acreage hobbyists and part-time hops growers that did not have any experience spraying the crop. The latter operations recognized a need to spray, […]

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Drop Arms can Improve Coverage on Field Peppers

Spraying with drop-arms in mid-August.

In early July 2016, a farm supplier contacted us on behalf of a client with a history of disease control issues in his field pepper operation. He wanted us to calibrate their sprayer and diagnose spray coverage to see if there was room for improvement. Coverage doesn’t equal efficacy, but it’s generally a reliable indicator. When […]

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Pressure Changes Spray Angles – A Lot!

Soybean demo plot sprayed with a contact herbicide using 110 degree air induction flat fans at 20 psi. The collapsed spray pattern did not overlap sufficiently to burn the entire crop down, leaving a striped pattern and demonstrating the poor coverage.

When a nozzle catalogue states that a nozzle produces an 80˚ or 110˚ fan throughout a given pressure range, the reader (rightfully) assumes it to be true. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. To illustrate this, I assembled a collection of red, flat fan nozzles (‘04s). They represented a variety of spray qualities and […]

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