How Airblast Spray Droplets Behave (or Misbehave)

Some pesticide labels require or prohibit certain droplet sizes to reduce the potential for drift. But, even when labels are silent about size restrictions, operators should be aware of the potential for droplet size to affect coverage. In the case of airblast, droplets should be: large enough to survive evaporation between nozzle and target. small […]

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Spraying Large Nut Trees – Part 2

This article continues from Part 1. Droplet size Droplet size influences droplet behaviour. The following table lists the pros and cons to changing droplet size when overall spray volume (e.g. L/ha) remains constant. Relative Spray Quality Pros Cons Coarser Droplets Lower drift potential because they resist deflection by wind and evaporation from heat and low […]

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Spraying Large Nut Trees – Part 1

Introduction I’ve studied spray applications in a diversity of crops, both broad acre and specialty, but perhaps nothing is as challenging large tree nut canopies. Australia’s macadamia orchards can form >10 metre high, >4 metre deep canopy walls! So in writing this article I face the opposite situation I normally encounter when advising on airblast […]

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Nozzle Sizing and Calibration Charts

Application Chart (metric)

Need to find the right nozzle size for your application?  Sometimes a simple chart is the easiest way to figure things out.  Print it and place it in your sprayer cab. In this chart, identify your water volume along the top row, and follow the column until you encounter the travel speeds you’re interested in. […]

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Nozzle Choice in Vegetable Crops – an Australian Perspective

Editor’s Note: Any brand-specific references or recommendations in this article are based on the author’s experience. Sprayers101 endeavours to preserve brand independence and impartiality to best serve our readers. During my many years of work in the Australian vegetable and horticultural industry, I am continually asked: Q. What is the best spray unit to use? […]

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