The Pressure Gauge Shows More Than Pressure

A sick pressure gauge might be trying to tell you something...

Kim Blagborne (formally with Slimline Manufacturing) has long said that the pressure gauge on an airblast sprayer indicates more than just pressure. It can be used to diagnose a number of pump and plumbing issues… if you know what to look for. Here’s Kim’s troubleshooting guide to reading into what your gauge is REALLY telling […]

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What’s my Spray Quality, in 3 Simple Steps

The introduction of dicamba and 2,4-D tolerance traits in corn and soybeans will be accompanied by an unprecedented emphasis on spray drift management by the registrants. We’ve already seen promotion of low-drift nozzles at field days as well as websites dedicated to product stewardship. In addition, product label statements for 2,4-D choline and the new […]

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Hydraulic Fittings: A Galling Metallurgical State of Affairs

So it’s been a long spraying season and as you perform your annual maintenance you grudgingly admit that the hoses have given their all. Before you run out to get more of the same, give some thought to the hydraulic fittings (i.e. hose adaptors and couplers). Many feel that stainless steel (SS) is the best […]

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Operator Safety: How to Avoid Pesticide Hazards

Pesticide Warning Symbols

A Veteran Applicator’s Questions about Pesticide Handling Time and again, after years of working with dozens of different chemicals, I would wonder to myself “How dangerous is this chemical?”, “Is glyphosate as safe as they say it is?”, “How do I find out what type of safety gear I need while handling this chemical?” Beyond the agrichemical […]

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Spray Quality and Volume Matrix

We often write about how valuable water sensitive paper can be to visualize and assess the coverage we’re getting from a specific application method.  A handy reference is this matrix that combines both factors.  Print it and use it in the field to compare what your application method is doing to these relative standards.  On average, […]

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