Getting the most out of your sprays

With so much focus on increasing efficiency these days, there is more pressure on everyone to find further ways to increase output from reduced inputs. While spraying might not be top of everyone’s agenda right now it might be worth thinking about how, when you get the sprayer going again, you could get the best results from the least product.

Among Tom Robinson’s credentials is a career spanning over 40 years working with farmers and sprayer operators in the UK and around the world, looking at ways to optimise performance. This includes working as an application specialist for Syngenta. Last winter Tom talked to the York Monitor Farm group about how to get the best out of your sprays and sprayer. The meeting was packed with useful facts, not surprisingly many of which centred on spray nozzle design and function. Following the meeting several of the attendees immediately bought new nozzles.

Without going into a lot of technical detail, there were several other key points that came out of the meeting. If you think about how to achieve full spraying control, half of it is down to the product. But the rest is down to the operator and so is within your control. Timing is significant as you would expect but the benefits of good timing are lost if the boom is too high.

Also important is to keep water volumes low. At higher water volume there is more run-off so you don’t get more chemical on the crop. In fact you usually get less even though there is more spray lower in the crop. Keeping the boom low has a huge effect without causing loss of chemical.

Tom Robinson is revisiting our region again this winter for one of the Warrington Monitor Farm meetings where, again, he will be covering much of the same ground. Following postponement from January, this has been rescheduled to early February. This is a great opportunity to hear it straight from an expert.

Keep an eye on the Monitor Farm webpage or get in touch with me, judith.stafford@ahdb.org.uk for more information.

JudithStafford

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