How to Properly Set Up a Crop Sprayer

Article reprinted with kind permission from an original article written by Oliver Hill in the February, 2017 edition of Farmers Weekly. Photos ©Kathy Horniblow. Crop spraying is one of the most important and highly skilled jobs undertaken on any arable farm, but it is facing increased public scrutiny. This is why it is vital that the kit […]

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Does Higher Pressure Increase Spray Penetration?

This is a coarse droplet - seriously.

A very common question we hear at sprayer demonstrations is: I want to drive the spray deeper into the canopy – does higher pressure help? Well, here’s the classic government answer: …yes and no. It depends on two things. First, the size of the droplet and second, your tolerance for drift (ours is almost zero, […]

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Spray Equipment From the 2016 Great Lakes EXPO

Michigan’s Great Lakes EXPO is a massive horticultural convention that draws international speakers and more than 4,000 attendees to Grand Rapids every December. Like any large agricultural conference, it can be challenging to run back and forth between lecture rooms to hear key presentations. And, of course, there is always disappointment when you have to […]

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The Sprayer Operator – The Most Important Piece of Sprayer Equipment

Spray application is one of the most important activities regularly done in any crop operation. It can also be one of the most expensive and time-consuming. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a multi-step process that helps sprayer operators make informed choices about when and what to spray. But, the decision to spray is not the end […]

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Alternate Row Spraying

Alternate row spraying is an application method where the air-assist sprayer does not pass down every alley during an application. The sprayer operator is relying on the spray to pass through one or more rows and provide acceptable coverage to the entire canopy (or canopies) on a single pass. Some state agencies promote this spraying […]

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