General Operation Articles

Greenhouse foggers

This article was co-written with Louis Damm (Dramm Corporation). Greenhouse application equipment spans from the humble squirt bottle, to gas-powered foggers, to robots equipped with hydraulic vertical booms. The variety of spray equipment available reflects a variety of needs, just as a carpenter’s toolbox ...Read More

Airblast Spraying in Poor Conditions

For many airblast operators, the spring of 2019 has been very difficult. The frequency and duration of rain events has left limited opportunity for orchard sprays. Even then, the periods between rains are transitions between warm and moist conditions and cold fronts, which makes ...Read More

The Challenges of Spraying by Drone

Spray application by drone is here. It’s common practice in South East Asia, with a very significant proportion of ag areas now treated that way. Estimates from South Korea, for example, suggest about 30% of their ag area being sprayed by drone. It’s in ...Read More

Oh the Places You’ll Spray

In the home farm’s west field,where the soybeans won’t grow,and the wind blows the soil from deep tillage you know,and no pollinators come, excepting old crowsis the patch of resistant pigweed. And downhill in the boundary, some neighbours say, if you look close enough ...Read More

Centrifugal and Diaphragm Pumps

Adjusting Sprayer Settings Operators are encouraged to adjust airblast sprayer settings to conform to the variability in canopy size, density, spacing, and weather conditions. The efficiency and accuracy of the application is improved through the regular and independent adjustment of travel speed, nozzle output, ...Read More