Exploding Sprayer Myths (ep.2): Canopy Penetration

This is the second of a series of short, educational and irreverent videos made with Real Agriculture to bring a little levity to sprayer education. Let’s face it – ironically, nozzles can be pretty dry. Here we enjoy an early morning soy bean scout and a light breakfast of toast as we demonstrate how pressure, droplet size and […]

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Air-Assist Booms

Hardi Commander (118 foot boom) with TWIN air-assist

Air-assisted boom sprayers have been around since the 80s (likely longer). They’re prevalent in Europe but are not common in North America. Some vegetable and berry growers use them, but few if any field croppers. This is most likely because most air-assisted sprayers are trailed. Trailed sprayers don’t have the high clearance or boom stability […]

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Drop Arms can Improve Coverage in 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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The Perfect Sprayer Boom for Ginseng?

The improved drop arm

In 2013 we ran a sprayer coverage demonstration in a ginseng garden in Norfolk County, Ontario. The goal was to encourage growers to reconsider their spray operation with an eye to coverage. We performed a down-and-dirty comparison between simple disc-core nozzles and the considerably more expensive Arag Microjets. Opinions were mixed, but we were confident the […]

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